November 3, 2014 § 5 Comments
I’m looking forward to attempting some of the Photography 101 prompts offered by WordPress this month. Today’s theme is home, which I took literally. I’ve included two photos of the same window I look out of every day to get a sense of the world that advances outside my four walls.
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Some recently read works and pieces you may enjoy:
- 10:04 by Ben Lerner (2014) — I liked Lerner’s first novel, Leaving the Atocha Station, well enough, but I liked this one much more. Maybe because I relate to the place where and the time when the story unfolds (New York City between Hurricanes Irene and Sandy — a period when I lived in Manhattan). However, the poetic verse, intricate relationship between the main character and his best friend who wants him to impregnate her, and the tie between his genetic disorder and his residency in Marfa, Texas, all aroused my curiosity. I’ll likely read it again because of its rich subtext and meaning. Give it a look if you’re up for a challenging read.
- “Charity” by Charles Baxter (The Best American Short Stories, 2014) — A charitable man succumbs to an unknown but painful disease that leads to an addiction to painkillers and the disappearance of his self and soul.
- “Crisis in Mexico: Could Forty-Three Missing Students Spark a Revolution?” by Francisco Goldman (The New Yorker, October 30, 2014) — If you don’t know about the disappearance of 43 Mexican students in late September, you should read this and be alarmed.
- NANO Fiction, 8.1 by various artists (Fall 2014) — I read this small flash-fiction literary magazine from cover to cover earlier this week. My favorite story — “Gravity” by Armel Dagorn — imagines a world where the force is lost and people tumble into the sky. And “Rumored” by Justin Carter is a sadly delightful list of possible small-town Texas rumors.
September 17, 2014 § 2 Comments
August 21, 2014 § Leave a comment
I’m my worst critic. On days when I’m a little too harsh, all it takes to turn things around is someone to believe in me.
Thank you to my pal, Susan, for the pep talk, reading my blog regularly, your friendship, and cheering me on as I try to untangle my head full of bees and work toward becoming the writer I’ve never quite believed I could be.
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My picture of the day — neon sign, post-rainfall, Lilydale, Minnesota: