Rereading Old Favourites: an Interlude (with Paper Dolls)

Literary paper dolls. Has anyone had a better idea, ever? I'm a little bit late to this party, but starting in May 2019, The Paris Review writer Julia Berick partnered with illustrator Jenny Kroik to create: "what us bookworm-clotheshorse child-adults have always wanted: literary paper dolls." The first one in the series was my very … Continue reading Rereading Old Favourites: an Interlude (with Paper Dolls)

The Tall Tales Now that We Told by the Fire: Christmas Reads 2020

As I write this, the rain outside has turned to snow, the wood stove is glowing with warmth beside me, and I have a little striped cat stretched out on my lap in contentment. It is Christmas Eve day, and although in many ways this is a strange and sad holiday, I also have lots … Continue reading The Tall Tales Now that We Told by the Fire: Christmas Reads 2020

Fiction or Non? (plus a writing prompt)

Fiction or non? The question reminds me of the days of yore (i. e., the 1980s—my childhood) when restaurants would ask you: smoking or non? But much like those questionably-defined sections in restaurants, where the smoke would drift indiscriminately around, the question in writing of fiction or non? is not always easy to define. Last … Continue reading Fiction or Non? (plus a writing prompt)

a leaf a gourd a shell (The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction)

Today I read the teeniest-tiniest book. It's actually an essay, masquerading as a book. It's Ursula K. Le Guin's The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction, and it is, for some reason, quite offensively purple (my copy, that is). But let's not get distracted by the purple. Maybe you love purple. Maybe you even love purple … Continue reading a leaf a gourd a shell (The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction)