Monthly Archives: September 2016

Yarn Along

I’ve been reading Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend on my Kindle for the last week or so and am almost done. At first I was surprised not to like it much. It reminded me of an extended Alice Munro story … Continue reading

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A Review of Diana Gabaldon’s Virgins

One tidbit you might not know about me is that my right shoulder has earned dozens of five-star ratings on AirBnB among the under-two set. It’s not something I’ve cultivated; it’s just one hell of a comfortable shoulder. My left … Continue reading

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Yarn Along

I admire the minimalist life, though I’ve never managed to practice it myself. I’m an accumulator, always surrounded by lots of books, lots of clothes, lots of yarn. I’ve just started renting a room in a city an hour south … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Paul Kriwaczek’s In Search of Zarathustra: Across Iran and Central Asia to Find the World’s First Prophet

I read this book because the protagonist of one of the many novels I want to write was born into Zoroastrian family. I am well aware that the previous sentence way well be the most interesting sentence in this review, … Continue reading

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Yarn Along

I’m currently binding off my Game of Thrones cowl, but there are ends to weave in and such, so I am taking this opportunity to brighten up your screen with this obnoxiously orange scarf (that’s not officially its name, but … Continue reading

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Yes, Isabel Allende wrote a mystery novel. No, it’s not terrible. Thoughts on Ripper. (by Jill)

  When Ripper came out back in 2014 quick on the heels of Maya’s Notebook I asked myself if Isabel Allende had lost her damn mind. And then I remembered that Maya’s Notebook took quite literally forever to get published … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Reza Aslan’s Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

When I teach and tutor students in history, I often start each unit by advising students to “follow the money.” I didn’t coin that phrase, I know, but it’s a surprisingly simple and effective way to get one’s bearings in … Continue reading

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