Books & Literature

Shelf Life: January 2013

So many books to read. So little time. I’m not going to go into detail with every book, just highlight a few of them. 1. How to Be a Woman, by Caitlin Moran (Harper, 2012) I had difficulty with this one. Moran’s clearly well read, yet this reads like a stream of consciousness monologue, only less eloquent.

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Shelf Life: December 2012

Last Shelf Life of 2012. Gonna be brief. 154. Sunset Park, by Paul Auster (Henry Holt and Co., 2010) I’d never read Auster before, but I’ve heard good things. Perhaps this wasn’t the best introduction. I found Sunset Park to be very disjointed and there were too many pointless references to baseball. I couldn’t get into it.

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Shelf Life: September 2012

While I was on vacation in visiting my in-laws in England, I didn’t get as much read I typically do. A mere eight books read in September. 119.  The Invisibles, Vol. 4: Bloody Hell in America, by Grant Morrison (Vertigo, 1998) Making my way through them. 120. Mad Hope, by Heather Birrell (Coach House Books, 2012) This

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Writing advice, reviewing advice, and a new pic of Emily Dickinson

After going to St Jacob’s Market last Thursday, I spent the next few days canning up a storm. I made several dozen jars of spicy dill spears, bread and butter pickles, pickled jalapeños, blueberry jam, strawberry vanilla jam, plain strawberry jam, peach plum ginger jam, brandied peaches, and on Wednesday I had another, more successful, go at

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