Zoom and gloom, hand-washing, and hope, a k a I wrote a newsletter this week, in spite of everything. Be well, all!
I’ve been remiss about posting links to my newsletter here. In the latest edition, out today, I have some advice: Get out and take a walk if you can. Trust me, it will help. This week’s newsletter guest-stars Hamish, who hails from Port Appin, a Scottish hamlet where I had the best mussels I’ve ever… Continue reading »
This year marks the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s classic “Frankenstein,” a novel that its creator probably didn’t know would keep its grip on our imaginations for two centuries. To celebrate, the Library of Congress is hosting an all-day marathon reading of the novel in the Main Reading Room of the Thomas Jefferson Building. It’s… Continue reading »
The ability to re-read long novels might not seem directly relevant to our current political dysfunction, but neuroscientist Maryanne Wolf (Proust and the Squid) makes a strong case that it is in her new book, Reader, Come Home, which I wrote about for The Washington Post: “She makes a sound case that if we don’t protect… Continue reading »
In 2003, I wrote a spirited–some would say snarky–op-ed for the Washington Post. Headlined “It’s a Little Too cozy in the Blogosphere,” it called out what I saw as excessive chumminess and logrolling in the then-new literary blogosphere. I took some heat from members of said blogosphere, some of whom forgave me and went on… Continue reading »