With a Monkey on Your Back: Patti Smith’s ‘Year of the Monkey’

I finished Patti Smith's newest memoir, Year of the Monkey, within earshot of the Crooked River in, fortuitously enough, Smith Rock State Park. Several birds and an airplane added to the river's babbling. In the morning, M and I climbed, then he went for a run and I hunted up this sheltered spot to finish … Continue reading With a Monkey on Your Back: Patti Smith’s ‘Year of the Monkey’

Inescapable Inheritance: On Dani Shapiro and Complicated Fathers

This post contains spoilers for Dani Shapiro’s memoir Inheritance. “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." — Leo Tolstoy My father filled my childhood with music. An accomplished guitar player, he performed during church worship services and parties, led his brothers in singing around campfires, provided an instrumental constant throughout evenings at … Continue reading Inescapable Inheritance: On Dani Shapiro and Complicated Fathers

On Toggling Between Books, or the Strange Fixed Marriage of Julia Child and Carlo Rovelli

Listening to: A Spotify playlist where I'm dumping one-off songs I want to keep listening to. Drinking: A Firestone Walker IPA. Traditionally—since childhood—I've been a one-book-at-a-time kind of reader. The first cracks in that tendency probably came in graduate school, a time when it's relatively impossible to be reading only one thing at a time. … Continue reading On Toggling Between Books, or the Strange Fixed Marriage of Julia Child and Carlo Rovelli