Turns out one book club was not enough for me, so now I belong to two. The first is primarily English teachers, the second is primarily scientists. The people are different, with different jobs, interests, relationships. The mood of the room is different, as is the selection of books. One book club reads widely – […]Read more "Confessions of a book club slut"
Pixel Picks – weekly(ish) links from around the web: interviews, articles, essays, poetry, fiction and non. This week brings books in translation, The Smiths, poetry annotation, the tarot, and Potter news. Enjoy. Waiting in the Library line: for book one of Karl Ove Knausgård tome. The Paris Review interviewed the one who is translating it. This […]Read more "Pixel Picks. XIII"
Written for the Blue Issue The Fairy Tale Review, Donna Tartt’s essay explores the love for books that “one of the great love affairs of [her] life” was focused on: her relationship with her great-grandmother. I spent a good deal of time with my great-grandmother when I was very small, as had my mother before me. She […]Read more "Donna Tartt: On Barrie and Stevenson"
Lockers, chewing gum, headphones, tumblr, angst: teenagers. I still feel like a teenager most of the time, and most think I am still one, so this month’s teen-aged theme was easy (for me). – R’s first pick was Jennifer Donnelly’s A Gathering Light, a fictionalized account of a historical crime. As some books do, reading it makes you […]Read more "Teenagers: Donut Club. VI"
Great-Grandfather, Grandfather, Father, and myself. Beekeepers. So, of course, I love reading books about bees, learning about their politics and intriguing history in both fiction and non. Some of my earliest memories were of sitting at my Mumsie’s kitchen bench, eating toast slathered with the last of my great grandfather, Jadek’s honey. His golden jars […]Read more "The Buzz on Bee Books"