I loved reading as a child, so much so that I actually dressed up as a bookworm one year for Halloween. All pink clothing, carrying around a book, proudly explaining to any neighbor who didn’t get it (which was all of them). I loved racking up prizes in the summer reading program at the local… Continue reading How to Make Students Hate a Book
Character Relationships in A Visit from the Goon Squad
So, you want to read Jennifer Egan’s new book The Candy House, but it’s been years since you read A Visit from the Goon Squad and there’s a lot you don’t remember. Or A Visit from the Goon Squad never interested you, but The Candy House does and you’re wondering what background you might be… Continue reading Character Relationships in A Visit from the Goon Squad
Should You Read The Candy House by Jennifer Egan?
“‘I have this craving,’ Bix said as he stood beside the bed stretching out his shoulders and spine, a nightly ritual before lying down. ‘Just to talk.’ “Lizzie met his eyes over the dark curls of Gregory, their youngest, who was suckling at her breast. ‘Listening,’ she murmured.” – Opening of The Candy House Like… Continue reading Should You Read The Candy House by Jennifer Egan?
Should You Read A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan?
“It began the usual way, in the bathroom of the Lassimo Hotel. Sasha was adjusting her yellow eye shadow in the mirror when she noticed a bag on the floor beside the sink that must have belonged to the woman whose peeing she could faintly hear through the vaultlike door of a toilet stall. Inside… Continue reading Should You Read A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan?
Luminescence: A Short Story
I originally wrote this several years ago, but I thought I’d edit it a bit and repost it here. I don’t know if it’s sci fi or fantasy (or both?), but I hope that you enjoy it. Content warning for depiction of mental illness and self-harm. Photo above by Philipp Fahlbusch. Luminescence The girl comes… Continue reading Luminescence: A Short Story
Should You Read The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks?
“This is the story of a man who went far away for a long time, just to play a game. The man is a game-player called “Gurgeh”. The story starts with a battle that is not a battle, and ends with a game that is not a game.” – Opening of The Player of Games… Continue reading Should You Read The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks?
The YouTube Fantasy
I’ll admit it. I spend a lot of time on YouTube. I’ll use it to unwind after work, relax when I’m tired, and generally provide background noise while I’m doing other things. I have a lot of YouTubers I subscribe to, I’ve spent a lot of time listening to them talk about the work they… Continue reading The YouTube Fantasy
How I Published Blooms
This is a story I don’t particularly want to post, but I’m going to do it anyway. Like my last publication story, it takes place during my college years. Also like that last one, it will probably make more sense to you if you read the published piece first. But unlike my last publication story,… Continue reading How I Published Blooms
Should You Read Thank You, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse?
“I was a shade perturbed. Nothing to signify, really, but still just a spot concerned. As I sat in the old flat, idly touching the strings of my banjolele, an instrument to which I had become greatly addicted of late, you couldn’t have said that the brow was actually furrowed, and yet, on the other… Continue reading Should You Read Thank You, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse?
1001 Books I’ve Read
Last week, I talked about the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. Here, for those who’d like to see, is the list of books from it that I’ve read so far. Also, a photo of my cat. Because she’s cute. And why not? Any recommendations for which list book I should pick up… Continue reading 1001 Books I’ve Read