Imagine this. Well, just do this. Imagine this is a step-by-step list for reading Michael Cunningham’s new book, A Wild Swan. Watch this standup video of Iliza Shlesinger “The Grabbing Hand” Then, listen to this song by Sara Bareilles, “Faiytale.” Sing along if you want to. No one’s actually watching you at home, reading this… More “Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Let Down Your Hair”
I always pay special care to caterpillars. I move them from the walking path, and take time to place them without disruption next to the juiciest looking leaves. All of this even though they’re probably rude. Walrus’ being social animals, of course are friends with carpenters and walk upright on two deeply grooved fins. All of… More Yes, Gregory Maguire, we all see how LARGE your vocabulary is.
When I was younger, say nine, before ever watching crime television or probably ever experiencing 24 hour news as more than just background noise in my life, I would go to bed with the entire set of covers over myself, sometimes even the pillow over my head. I had four night lights, one was an angel.… More Pre-Reading: Look at the Synonyms of Dark.
I don’t know about you, but I shop on Etsy ALL. THE. TIME. I definitely can’t afford to ship myself furniture, but I love getting little keepsakes, trinkets, and especially journals on Etsy from artisans that have put hard work, independence, and usually recycled love into their creations. I’ve always been an antique shopper. I… More Weekly Literary Find
I think for some reason, I thought Another Day was going to be some sort of sequel. Like, “ouuuu, where did A go and what do other people like him do and who are they?” Does anyone else feel like there’s an abundance of mysterious A’s in teen literature (Pretty Little Liars, Every Day, Another… More RUN! It’s a Copout.
The fine people, literally, fine china, at Invaluable.com (an online auction house) asked me to make my dream literary collection, which is actually impossible. So, 978 books later, I decided to choose a few, more than a handful, of books and things that are must-haves in any library in which I inhale the sweet smell… More Meet Me at the (Book) Auction House
I have a lot of thoughts about Ta-Nehisi Coates new book Between the World and Me, a pseudo-memoir written to his son about being young and black in America, and they’re not quite organized in my head, but with a little help from Otis Redding swooners and a homemade cup of coffee sans sugar, I… More We Must Give Everyone a Name and Not a Body of Fears.
“Prejudice, a dirty word, and faith, a clean one, have something in common: they both begin where reason ends.” I just finished crying, so I might have different feelings about this in five days, a month, three years from now, but right now, I just finished Go Set a Watchman and instead of being a ruiner,… More “That is the way I was raised, by a black woman and a white man.” – Jean Louise Finch
I’m a newbie to Rebecca Makkai. And sometimes I just like a good title. I may think the cover is too abstract (who am I kidding, is this even a real thing?) or too geometric, and unless it’s a Penguin, too plain. Sometimes I don’t like a cover because it capitalizes on the female author… More In This Collection, War is a Verb
“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.” George Washington Carver In some ways, we all share the same history. Histories are… More I don’t know how to talk about Charleston, so I come to this discussion with a list of books, and an open-heart.