Introducing Oliver: Slice of Life #sol18

Believe it or not, I wasn’t looking for another cat. We had eight already, and yes, they’re all indoor cats, and even though I really, really, REALLY love cats, even I thought that eight was enough. Mostly I worried about upsetting the delicate balance of the social order by adding more. I think that cats…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 9/17/18

Alison McGhee’s What I Leave Behind is a bit of a writing stunt–100 chapters of 100 words each–and a good reminder of how powerfully effective rules and limits can sometimes be on art. I hate that the Good Reads description reveals in its first few words what it takes McGhee nearly half the book to…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 9/10/18

Draft No. 4 is a collection of John McPhee’s writing about writing. He analyzes many of his own pieces (his essay on structure is especially fascinating) and shares anecdotes and insights about craft. There is quite a bit about the editing process at The New Yorker as well. I don’t know how this book would…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 9/3/18

David Sedaris’s new collection of essays, Calypso, might be my favorite. (If you’re new to Sedaris’s work, though, try Me Talk Pretty One Day or Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim first). There is a vulnerability and unresolved sadness to some of these pieces that I think he tends to polish into something harder…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 8/27/18

I am really happy that several of these novelizations of superhero comics for middle-grade readers exist, and I think Black Panther: The Young Prince will fly off the shelves of most classroom libraries. But I do wish the book were better written. I read it aloud to my son, and it makes for a very…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 8/13/18

On the blog: A slice in the popular Currently format In reading: A lovely, poignant memoir about a blind poet’s first guide dog that’s really about coming to an acceptance of yourself for the very first time in middle age. It’s also about having hope and feeling a true sense of possibility for yourself later…