I started reading The Dark Sides of Empathy by Fritz Breithaupt earlier this week and while the writing is fine, I couldn’t learn more at this time. I need literary escape for the next five weeks of summer reading. My original stack abandoned, these four books arrived over the last handful of days and we
After re-reading John Steinbeck’s Tortilla Flat, I find myself wondering if I might ever reach the greatness of such storytelling. Tortilla Flat is a story about Danny, who inherits two houses, and his friends– Pablo, Pilon, Jesus Maria to name a few. Danny is an anti-hero (I think) and the story itself is rather simple–
I can’t help but laugh when I read the back of How to Write by Gertrude Stein: “It will not teach anyone how to write…” This book is about GS’s process– how she approached writing, which as stated in the introduction, “What is there to know about the writing of GS and the thoughts and
After starting Strawberry Girl earlier this week, I was able to carve out some evening reading and put a bow on this one. I enjoyed it– it was cheerful and interesting– the novel took me far away from today. In rural Florida, Birdie and her Pa and Ma, other siblings are working hard getting the
Reading has been challenging for me for a number of reasons. I feel slow moving into summer reading, and am accepting it. The grading load I have in the summer might be the key variable of the moment. I was going to post zero books, but at least got through the first three chapters of
This book of poetry gives us insight into the kids of Bronzeville, which is in Chicago. The poems “Jim” “Eldora, Who is Rich” & “The Admiration of Willie.” The illustrations bring the reader straight into the neighborhood and the narratives.
Here’s a stack of a solid dozen. Not sure where I’ll start or end, but isn’t that how it goes? I’m looking forward to a Steinbeck study, potentially finishing the second half of the Neapolitan novels and learning more about the dark sides of empathy. Miriam Toews is an author I have followed and enjoy–
I had the chance to interview Joan Frank on Meraki Radio after reading most of Try to Get Lost. I had a lot of fun with reading and thinking and talking about travel– it felt like a sort of brain escape! Here’s a link to the show: LINK
The garden is giving– we overfloweth with greens. I felt compelled to give back and have added a bowl of seeds and dried bread that I’ve added to the brown study. The black study has just begun and the simplicity strikes me today. The cobwebs within the green study connect to white and the interruption
Poetry can often channel grief, pain, solidarity, and resistance in ways that everyday language can’t. Black Lives Matter: Six Poems — Discover I discovered this post on WordPress and thought it was worth sharing!