My ex-brother-in-law, Andy, was my opposite. At a gangly six feet, five inches tall, Andy meandered when he walked and rambled about every imaginable subject
Category: September 2015
We Killed a Nun by Nicole Quinn
We killed Sister Cordelia sometime our first year at the Convent. She was old, old enough to die, too old to teach fourth grade mathematics.
Interview: A Conversation with D Watkins by Rachael Marks
On the overnight train to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, last month, I tormented my tired seatmate by keeping the overhead light on and sifting through a stack of printed pages, scrawling illegible notes in the margins and occasionally snorting at something that I found funny, or horrifying, or both. These were essays written by Baltimorean struggler-turned-literary-supernova, D…
Review: In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeanette by Hampton Sides
Sides writes: “The scenery grew more impressive: ice-gouged fjords, towering bergs calved fresh from the glaciers, the crisp sound of cold surf lapping against the pack, ringed seals peeking through the ice,
Review: O’s Little Book of Happiness
On the happiness book spectrum, O’s Little Book of Happiness falls somewhere between happiness memoir and motivational cat poster.
The Writing Life: The Assassination of a Romantic Notion: You Are Not a Writer by P. Casey Telesk
Anywhere I went, people would ask, “Are you a writer?” I would tell them no, that I only carried the notebook because I was forgetful and needed to write things down in order to remember.
Review: Wreck of the Whale Ship Essex: The Extraordinary and Distressing Memoir That Inspired Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick by Owen Chase / Introduction by Gilbert King
On Nov. 20, 1820, an infuriated sperm whale in the Pacific Ocean charged at the whale ship Essex, causing a crew of 20 men to escape into three smaller whale boats.