On Reading Widely: 2017 book list

At the end of 2016 I read a lot of year-end lists from people who’d only read books by women or books by people of color or queer writers. These were justice-minded readers, whose goals were to support expanded diversity in the literary community. I wanted to be that kind of reader, and I wantedContinue reading “On Reading Widely: 2017 book list”

Kill your darlings

The two rooms in the Renwick Gallery are dimly lit and packed with people, mostly my age and younger, scurrying from one window to the next to shine flashlights through the pane of glass separating these viewers from the gruesome scene on view. The scenes are miniatures, dioramas of unexplained death created more than 60Continue reading “Kill your darlings”