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Dear
Helen
DeWitt

Thanks for The Last Samurai.

I love this book so much. Top 10? Maybe. Was there ever a book so perfectly suited to my weird interests? A literary novel PLUS kurasawa PLUS dabbling in languages PLUS oxford PLUS london PLUS education / pedagogy PLUS parenting PLUS avoidance of parenting PLUS icelandic sagas PLUS PLUS PLUS PLUS.

Plenty has been written elsewhere about this book - but gosh I love it. It's fun, it's incredibly witty, it's a tour de force of languages and cultural critique disguised as a novel. And then also an actually great novel also!

There's so much you put into this book, Ms DeWitt. It does really feel like it deserves the term 'dazzling' - I felt dazzled, like I was looking at a thousand bits of reflected brilliance.

So: thanks.

Matt
March 5, 2024

UM WHAT

This is Matt Kirkland's corrective project for 2024: learn how to write thank you notes.