Mar 6, 2014
DAD: I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH BOOKS ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL.
He glances at his bookshelves.
DAD: Wait. Yes I do.
Enjoying some maniacal ’80s Soviet lit from nyrbclassics. (All of the characters just fell asleep.)Mar 7, 2014
Mar 5, 2014
I scrolled down hoping for an explanation and there was none.
A productivity app that sends you a message once every six months: “Shakespeare wrote another play by now.”Mar 5, 2014
This morning I got an email from the woman who’s translating my novel into German. We hadn’t spoken before (I still haven’t even talked with the editor who acquired the book in the first place), plus I think translators are unsung superheroes, so it was a thrill. She had a couple of questions about parts of the manuscript. Both about the Wu-Tang Clan, as it turned out.
Then, at the bottom of her email, she listed some of the other writers she’s translated. Conrad. Poe. Leanne Shapton’s Swimming Studies, which I loved.
Oh, and John Green.
She’s John Green’s German translator. And now she has to untangle my Wu-Tang Clan jokes.
I mean, damn. That is cool.Feb 25, 2014
Now she rose to take the dog for his daily walk. She was wearing an old summer dress as a nightgown, but in the mornings it could work as a dress again, if you just tossed a cardigan over it and put on shoes. In this risky manner, she knew, insanity could encroach.Lorrie Moore, “Wings” (from Bark). Feb 20, 2014
A wiry old American pothead gone to grim seed, he had the Dickensian name of Daniel Handler, and he did not speak.
Lorrie Moore, “Paper Losses” (from Bark).
Wait, what?Feb 20, 2014
What strikes her most, though, are the new stories she hears. “One of my aunts lost a baby shortly after birth, the other experienced multiple miscarriages,” Stonehouse writes. “The sister-in-law offering the baby clothes was once a twin but her sister died at birth. Yet my parents-in-law never talked about this, even to her. Such stories surface only when strictly necessary, after the fact, and never before.”
In last week’s column, I interviewed one of the editors of How to Expect What You’re Not Expecting, a new anthology of essays about pregnancy, parenthood, and loss. I learned a lot from this book.Feb 18, 2014
Kennedy is all too aware that stories are an inherently messy medium. Sometimes we forget the punch line. Sometimes we get distracted by what we see out of the corner of our eye. To trim off these loose ends, Kennedy argues, is to excise much of a story’s honesty.
This past weekend, I reviewed the most recent collection from A.L. Kennedy in the Globe and Mail. I am not on the fence about this woman. She is fantastic. Stop trying to put that fence under me. I will jump right off of it.Feb 18, 2014