The Writing Life: Flannery O’Connor (3 of 4)

2020-04-13T16:37:21-05:00

O’Connor’s religiosity is inescapable. When she was studying at Iowa, she attended morning mass daily. In her prayer journal, she clearly requests spiritual intervention to guide her craft. While I do not gravitate towards the meditative passages and debates in her letters about her Catholicism – and often skim

The Writing Life: Flannery O’Connor (3 of 4)2020-04-13T16:37:21-05:00

How I Met Colette #1920Club

2020-04-13T15:58:30-05:00

Shortly after I was old enough to peruse the magazines and newspapers that came to the houses of older family members, I discovered the wonders of the Columbia House Record Company and the Quality Paperback Bookclub via their advertisements. Both of these catalogue businesses offered tantalizing deals to new

How I Met Colette #1920Club2020-04-13T15:58:30-05:00

Here and Elsewhere: Copenhagen

2020-06-02T07:36:48-05:00

It’s easy to allow one’s world to get smaller, when one is overwhelmed by some of the sadness and struggle in this world; the opposite is also true, that it’s easy to expand your world under the same set of circumstances. A random spark, like this desk calendar by

Here and Elsewhere: Copenhagen2020-06-02T07:36:48-05:00

Planning: 2020’s Reading

2020-01-15T14:11:12-05:00

My planning for a year’s reading always involves looking back at the previous reading year. In 2019, I’d planned to focus on series reading. In the previous year, 25% of my reading had revolved around various series, moving ahead or finishing. In 2019, only 18 of the books I

Planning: 2020’s Reading2020-01-15T14:11:12-05:00

A Balancing Act, Ongoing

2020-01-23T13:49:33-05:00

Before I settled on some other reading projects for 2020 (more on that tomorrow), I entertained the possibility of making a simpler goal than usual: choosing half of my reading from my own shelves and half from the library’s shelves. The idea being that I have tended to read

A Balancing Act, Ongoing2020-01-23T13:49:33-05:00