Roosevelt's Reads

Some Final Thoughts

December 08, 2015

From President Mark Roosevelt:

A “Roosevelt Reads” on Roosevelt Reads

November 02, 2015

By Matt Desjardins “A capacity and taste for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others. It is the key, or one of the keys, to the already solved problems. And not only so. It gives a relish and facility for successfully pursuing the yet unsolved ones.” -Abraham Lincoln

The Difficulty of Leaving Books Behind

October 07, 2015

We are moving to Santa Fe New Mexico in December and once again have to box up approximately four-thousand books and pay a princely sum to have them transported across the country. As in many earlier moves, I am attempting to “deaccession” (I realize what a fancy word this is but “get rid of seems so harsh) as many books as I can stomach. This is not easy for me.

Our Souls at Night

September 01, 2015

In the August 23rd 2015 issue The New York Times Book Review posed this question to two authors: “Do We Mistake Inaccessibility for Brilliance?” Do we think that only hard books—think of The Sound and the Fury, Ulysses, and Infinite Jest—can be great?

Book Nook Interview

August 10, 2015

  Mark Roosevelt is an avid reader. He reads widely and deeply. Books are an important part of his life. In this essay collection Roosevelt reflects upon his reading life and offers readers some insights into some of the things which have stoked his passion for great literature.

A Little Life

May 07, 2015

Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life is a sprawling, overwrought punch to the stomach, wrenching to a degree that is difficult to describe. I was close to finishing it on an airplane, but had to stop reading as I could not control my weeping. I have never read a novel which left me so shattered.

Philip Levine: Poet of Grit and Grime

March 10, 2015

By Mark Roosevelt The great American poet, Philip Levine, died this month. For years, when my New Yorker arrived I would look for the two or three poems they would publish, happy when Levine, Jack Gilbert, Mark Strand or Galway Kinnell got in. Now they are all gone, in just one year’s time.

A Defining Moment

February 01, 2015

By Mark Roosevelt Recently I was hit hard by a startling piece of news —as of 2013, a majority of public school students in the United States live in poverty. Significantly, this is a national, not just an urban, problem. For example, low-income students now make up 40 percent of our suburban schools.

Holiday Thoughts

January 06, 2015

By Mark Roosevelt

"Lesser Lights"

December 05, 2014

By Mark Roosevelt, President This column should be entitled “Roosevelt listens.” Since readers are usually listeners as well, I trust you will bear with me.