books and reading

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

The Lacuna

I also read The Lacuna, Barbara Kingsolver’s new novel, over Winter Break. I am a huge Kingsolver fan anyway, and when I heard her talking about the book on (you guessed it) The Diane Rehm Show, I knew I had to read it as soon as possible. I want the whole world to read this […]

Pop linguistics

Way back in September, I heard an episode of The Diane Rehm Show about a book by Deborah Tannen called You Were Always Mom’s Favorite! Sisters in Conversation Throughout Their Lives. I immediately promised myself I would read the book over Winter Break. Imagine my discomfort when I discovered that the book looks like this: […]


More than anything—the steady income, the benefits, the “Dr.” before my name—I want to be a professor because of sabbaticals. Before you assume this realization was brought on by the fact that I taught for about a second today and have spent the rest of the day in bed with a cold, let me explain […]

Notes from my hermitage

In addition to sitting on the love seat in my office and staring out the window, I have read a few things this summer. First, I read Carrie Fisher’s memoir, Wishful Drinking, which I had been avoiding because I was so jealous that I hadn’t thought of that title myself. Finally, my friend Tom convinced […]