Monthly Archives: April 2014

Yarn Along

OK, I’ll admit – I’m not actually reading Max Boot’s Invisible Armies from start to finish. It’s really interesting, but right now I’m focused on developing a character in my novel who’s a history professor that specializes in guerrilla warfare, … Continue reading

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A Review of Leif Enger’s Peace Like a River

An evil ex-boss of mine loved this book, and for this reason, I’ve always been prejudiced against it. This boss was sort of a wispy person, as if she were made of spiderwebs, and I’ve always imagined that this book … Continue reading

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Yarn Along

I was on vacation last week – my first true vacation in many, many years. Technically it was a “working” vacation, since I was supposed to be finishing some short stories that seem always to be in progress and adding … Continue reading

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A Review of Christopher Isherwood’s A Meeting by the River

I wrote a fairly thorough summary of the first half of this book in my Yarn Along post on Wednesday, and you can read it here if you missed it. This is a short epistolary novel that manages to be … Continue reading

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Some First-World Complaints About My Life (Loosely Disguised as a Review of Alan Sepinwall’s The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers, and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever)

The revolution was televised – but I missed it because I was too busy grading papers. I have such mixed feelings about the intensity of my teaching career. On the one hand, I loved my work. Every time I see … Continue reading

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Yarn Along

Once again, I’m working on a tank sweater that was commissioned by my friend Dawn. The picture looks a lot like last week’s, but I’ve actually completed about six inches more since I took that photo. Now that I’ve finished … Continue reading

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Final Thoughts on Anthony Marra’s A Constellation of Vital Phenomena         

My first thought of reflection when I finished this book was “Good.  Now I have something to post about tonight, and I can put this book on the shelf.”  This was quite an enjoyable book, but by the end of … Continue reading

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Yarn Along

This tank sweater is one of the most exciting things I’ve ever knit. I think the neckband is going to be a bit on the large side, and I had to rip out the place where the body of the … Continue reading

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Autobiography, Day 4

I promise not to let the Autobiography project take over the blog. In addition to posting a photo every day, I have every intention of posting at least two full reviews each week. But today was – well, it was … Continue reading

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This week’s new arrivals

I am having a feeling of hopelessness about A Constellation of Vital Phenomena.  I had wanted to have it finished and post a final thoughts on it.  I have barely gotten fifty pages past where I was when I wrote … Continue reading

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