The Reading List

Fifty books, that’s my annual goal. Each January I am determined to reach that number, and equally determined to write a review on every last one. I have never reached fifty. This year, while I am keeping a Reading List, the usual determination is not manifesting (nor the giddy excitement that comes with fleshing out the […]

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Reading List: 2014

My reading goal for the year was 50 books, and, not for the first time, I fell short. Even so, I can’t say I’m disappointed. In 2014 I became reacquainted with the amazing Margaret Atwood; I got to meet Cheryl Strayed, Veronica Roth, Chelsea Cain, Anne Sexton, Billy Collins, Orson Scott Card, Beth Kephart, Nora Ephron, […]

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The Retelling

During a 2014 holiday gathering with in-laws, I had the pleasure of meeting some new people—coworkers and friends of our family members. They are warm, cheerful people who really know how to talk. I enjoy talkers. Not babblers, mind you, but genuine conversationalists who graciously reveal themselves while openly accepting virtual strangers into that moment […]

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These Holy Temples

To the awkward self-loathing boy that later delivered genius satire in bare-assed memoir, David Sedaris, and to the girl with wavering confidence, bad hair, and skinny legs who became the quirky dynamo writer of everything, Nora Ephron: I declare my undying love and devotion. To the man who reveals spiritual awe in arrangements of the most ordinary of […]

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Another year, another To Do List.

      For two years, quite miraculously, I kept a running goal list of books read from January to December. My goal for 2011, 2012, and 2013 consecutively, was 50 books per year. For ’11 and ’12 I was dutiful in writing up brief reviews, and keeping a running list of items that interested […]

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