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Prefer not to? Kevin Smokler says you should reread 'Bartleby'
Prefer not to? Kevin Smokler says you should reread 'Bartleby'

It's almost as if Kevin Smokler found himself in 30-something detention: well into adulthood, he was sentenced to go back and re-read the books he read in high school English class. He might have escaped if he hadn't been passing notes in class written that book proposal.  "Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books you Haven't Touched Since High School,"  officially lands in bookstores today. In it, Smokler returns to Herman Melville's "Bartleby, The Scrivener," George Orwell's "Animal Farm," "A Separate Peace" by John Knowles and F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatby," perennial favorites of...

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