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Two funny books about books

Two funny books about books

It’s Wednesday. I woke up with a roaring migraine. Therefore, I’m not having real thoughts. Only ghost thoughts, or half thoughts. So instead, some humor. First: This book delivers exactly what the title promises: bizarre, odd, and downright creepy things people have said in bookstores across the country (there’s even an entry from Penguin Bookshop...

I can predict the weather

I can predict the weather

I felt the change in weather as a migraine spider-webbing its way across the right side of my skull. The storm suited my mood: impatient, unsatisfied, expectant. I have not yet developed an instinct for process, for taking joy in the things themselves and not just what results from the things. When the clouds and...

A weekend full of books

A weekend full of books

I buy a lot of books, and I try to never feel bad about spending money on things that bring me so much joy. This weekend we spent more money than we should have on books, (we should be spending zero dollars on non-essentials), but Half Price Books had a twenty percent off everything sale...

Amelia Gray's Museum of the Weird

#FridayReads: Amelia Gray’s Museum of the Weird

Amelia Gray’s Museum of the Weird begins with the unsettling tale “Babies” and builds layers of unsettling, odd, off-kilter, and slanted meaning from there. The stories work incredibly well on individual levels and together as a whole. “Babies” is about a woman who keeps having a baby—and then more than one baby—every night. The woman...

Nature blog: Heaven at dawn

Nature blog: Heaven at dawn

This post originally appeared on April 2, 2012 on Nature Writing. During my nature writing class at Chatham University’s MFA program, I had to keep a weekly nature blog. Each of us picked a place and spent thirty minutes in that place each week, and then wrote a blog post about it. I’ve just bought...