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December 13, 2018

Oh man, I am really bad at this blog thing. Also possibly really bad at this book-a-week thing. My last post was 11 weeks, and not nearly as many books ago. Oops. Giant YA fantasy tomes are my excuse.

Really. In the past 11 weeks I have read two such books, Harry Potte...

September 26, 2018

1. It is perhaps unsurprising that reading a book like Maggie Nelson's Bluets would make one start seeing blue. But that's too simple. It's not that the book causes one to see more blue; it's that it pulls out the connections and resonances in the blue things one has a...

September 19, 2018

Two books in one for this post - Molly McCully Brown's The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded, and Roald Dahl's Matilda. 

First, a bit of background on these choices. Molly McCully Brown won the 2016 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Award from Persea Books....

September 7, 2018

Switching gears completely, I read an old novella by an old white male giant of literature. It's one of those books I "should" have read years ago, but I went to a crappy small town high school where they didn't make us read real literature (we read Romeo and Juliet "i...

August 30, 2018

Here goes. Book/week 1 of 52. This isn't, or I don't intend this to be anyway, a review, per se. I'm not a critic, not a real book reviewer, just a reader, a writer, a book appreciator. I don't quite know where this will go, but here, in no real thought-through order,...

August 25, 2018

Apparently there's a twitter thing where people are reading one poetry book a day during August. That seems all sorts of wrong to me. Not that I don't support reading and all, but a book a day? A whole poetry book a day? I mean, I suppose I could speed through a short...

January 8, 2018

Seeing as it's already a week into the new year, and I've just received my first rejection of 2018 (from The New Yorker - surprise!) it seems about (past) time for me to make some kind of report about last year's progress. So, here, fine readers, are the stats you've b...

July 4, 2017

It's July 4th and I've just finished helping my almost 10-year-old (unofficial) stepson bake a rhubarb berry crumble, using rhubarb from the backyard and currants and raspberries picked from our bushes last year. The 12-year-old (unofficial) stepson served as sous chef...

April 11, 2017

It's confession time (one should do that before Lent is over, if one is doing this Lenten sacrifice thing, right?). I don't really read literary journals, not even the ones I submit to. For a while now, I've felt rather bad about this.

There is no way I could actually...

March 1, 2017

Catholics have this thing called Lent. Yes, yes, I know, they’re not the only ones, but they do it up like nobody else, actually giving up something that brings them pleasure for 40-odd days. That’s every single day, no “cheat days”, no starting over, just straight-up...

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