The Night is Dark and Full of Wonders: The Winternight Trilogy

Every once in a while a book or —even better—a series of books comes along to take you out of yourself. Such a series is the Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden. At first glance, the structure of these books, particularly the first one, The Bear and the Nightingale, feels familiar. Vasilisa "Vasya" Petrovna runs wild … Continue reading The Night is Dark and Full of Wonders: The Winternight Trilogy

Accidentally Complementary, or when the universe hands you a literary gift

Listening to: Garbage, Garbage. Drinking: Red table wine Sometimes chance gives you a cluster of works (books, songs, shows, movies, podcast) that create an intriguing juxtaposition or a complementary meshing. I first noticed this phenomenon in college, when classes chosen for schedule (or the texts assigned in them) created an unexpected, unintended harmony. When such a thing … Continue reading Accidentally Complementary, or when the universe hands you a literary gift