On Hiatus

Hello, dear Fellow Travelers. I am going to be putting the blog on a brief hiatus while I focus on a busy time at my work as well as consider the future shape and focus of this space. Hope you're reading something fun, inspiring, and/or expanding!

To Expand the World or to Not Expand the World, That is the Question: On Nghi Vo’s ‘The Chosen and the Beautiful’ Among Others

I have been known to bristle at an author (or other creator) expanding their created world. I first felt this reaction when I learned that William Faulkner filled out the rest of the characters' biographies after the end of events in The Sound and the Fury. (They were, as you might expect, universally miserable.) It … Continue reading To Expand the World or to Not Expand the World, That is the Question: On Nghi Vo’s ‘The Chosen and the Beautiful’ Among Others

Going Off Book: What to Do With the New IPCC Report

The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a new report today and, as expected, it's pretty bad. (This is me having read the NYTimes reporting, not the report.) It also includes an interactive atlas so you can see how the changing climate will affect your region. How should one respond to this information? Feel … Continue reading Going Off Book: What to Do With the New IPCC Report

Notions, the “Revisiting the Book is Always Better” edition or ‘Shadow and Bone’ redux

Early in the summer I wrote of my love for the Netflix adaptation of Leigh Bardugo's Shadow and Bone, part of the "Grishaverse," and how I was glad to have gotten to the show before reading the book(s) because "the book is always better." Well, I have now read the first book in the series … Continue reading Notions, the “Revisiting the Book is Always Better” edition or ‘Shadow and Bone’ redux

A Strange Paradise Indeed: Review of ‘What Strange Paradise’ by Omar El Akkad

A little boy washed up on an alien shore. A teenage girl lonely and unloved in a house on a hill. Can she save him from monsters? Such is the premise, in one sense, of Omar El Akkad's second novel, What Strange Paradise. It has fairy tale bones—children in dangerous situations, helping each other, facing … Continue reading A Strange Paradise Indeed: Review of ‘What Strange Paradise’ by Omar El Akkad