I received a surprise in the mail last week. Out of the blue, a friend sent me this book: Braiding Sweetgrass. My friend said in her gift note, “Beautiful blend of personal narrative, ecosystems, and botany. Her voice reminds me of your blog posts.” After reading a few chapters, I have to say that latter … Continue reading Morning reading
Saturday morning, reading by the window. I’ve got no plans. Maybe I’ll read all day with a cat on my lap, pausing only to eat and make coffee. Probably I won’t do that, but it’s a nice dream. Continue reading Saturday daydream
When I was contemplating a subscription to The New Yorker, I talked it out with my friends wondering, will it be worth it, or will it just stress me out because it comes so frequently? One friend laughed and sent me this bit from The Good Place, which is one of my favorite scenes from … Continue reading I got through my New Yorker backlog!
Last year was a big year for my reading life. After reading a few phenomenal short story collections, and because I dared to try writing fiction, I wanted to study short stories. I subscribed to The New Yorker for a weekly dose of curated short fiction. I started with a 12-issue trial, and when in … Continue reading Reading in 2019
I started reading I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, and it’s sucking me in so that the world around me goes black, and I have to claw my way out from the pages to not feel guilty for being absent from my family while I sit right here in the living room with … Continue reading Save me, I am drowning
I read for about six hours straight on Friday to finish War and Peace. Finally on page 1783 I felt some emotion for two of the characters, and my eyes blurred with tears for a couple of pages. Then the feeling passed. It’s one of those books that I’m glad to have read it, but the … Continue reading War and Peace was Okay