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Best of My 2017 Reading List

8 January 2018: I worked my way through various phases last year, different streets, different towns, sometimes different states entirely. I discovered new voices, new places, reading my way around here and there. Some books I sought out—some seemed to almost find me. I remember my mom asking me last Christmas, “How do you find … Continue reading Best of My 2017 Reading List

A Writing Shack: A Christmas Wish in the Form of a Poem

25 December 2017: I understand I live in an apartment, but I have always wanted a workshop away from the house. Not to handcraft floating shelves from 2x4s or beached logs, but a space from which to write out into the world. Something like Wendell Berry’s Kentucky woods or Stegner’s California. I want that silence … Continue reading A Writing Shack: A Christmas Wish in the Form of a Poem

A Small Bone to Pick with Charles Dickens

11 December 2017: From what I’ve read, the prairie was lost on Charles Dickens. When the old Englander was there (1841), he didn’t praise the tallgrass. He didn’t throw his hands up in adulation. He didn’t once stumble in his boots and mumble: My God. The prairie, to Charles Dickens, was not a scene to … Continue reading A Small Bone to Pick with Charles Dickens