books and reading

Sometimes the power goes out and I am forced to read…

Month of Firsts

I decided, with that blend of planning and happenstance that fate loves so much, that July would be my month of firsts. We had already planned a trip to Canada and I just added some other things to make it a theme. First, I got a pedicure. I had never done that before, and I’m […]

“chase the feeling til you die”

Recently, I admitted to a friend (via Twitter so somewhat publicly) that I do not take risks as a reader. I will mindlessly consume a terrible television show without a second thought, but if a book isn’t written by Joan Didion, Barbara Kingsolver, or Toni Morrison, I let my fear keep me from taking chances. […]

The Year of Anxious Thinking

This has been another weird year, and today was no exception. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about Joan Didion and what she gives me and how I rely on her for support. In my late teens and early twenties, I lost my footing intellectually and emotionally pretty much every day, and Joan Didion got […]