Things

The Woman Scared of Her Own Kimono

I feel unworthy to wear the uniform of my inheritance.

The Body Has Teeth: On Stephen King and Stand By Me

“If I were writing a book about a movie, it would be Stand By Me.”

Jan 06, 2017
Why I No Longer Make Predictions

I believed I could be protected from what lay ahead as long as I saw what was coming.

Jan 03, 2017
Annie Dillard, Azzy, and Me: On Motherhood and Loss

“I was left dazed and sad and missing my cat while tending to a newborn.”

Dec 21, 2016
In which the Magpie Delivers the (Fake) News from the Meeting of the Electoral College

An island receives an unexpected party . . . a prize is granted . . . a large problem is solved.

Dec 19, 2016
The Taste of Grief: On Family Meals, Marriage, and Mourning

I want to be the bridge between his memory and her love for cooking.

Dec 13, 2016
From the Magpie (lightsoftsheer neutralbetween)

“My nearly weeping when I watch Lil Buck dance is because I’m not sure this is allowed anymore.”

Dec 05, 2016
When We Were Whole: A Comic About Us

“Once upon a time, a civilization lived.”

Dec 05, 2016
Ernest Hemingway and Me: Reflections of an Insomniac Writer

“Insomnia is the bitter digestif to a long day of living.”

Nov 30, 2016
From the Magpie (Work)

In which the Magpie finds direction in the grids of Agnes Martin.

Nov 21, 2016
Elena Ferrante and Me: An Irrational Essay

“I felt betrayed. Not because she was no longer anonymous; I had never cared about that. But because she is not Elena.”

Nov 18, 2016
Elegy for a Journeyman

Author Frank M. Robinson shamelessly proselytized great literature he loved.

Nov 16, 2016
From the Magpie (Today)

The paper is filled with fake villains. But tomorrow’s battle is real.

Nov 07, 2016
Weightlessness

“It wasn’t that I wanted to be thinner; I didn’t want a body at all.”

Oct 28, 2016
From the Magpie (White)

In which the Magpie tells Hillary: You can go home again.

Oct 24, 2016
Under Threat of the Really Big One

“You pick your tragedy and aim for that. I chose earthquake.”

Oct 13, 2016
From the Magpie (Digging)

In which the Magpie takes a ride.

Oct 11, 2016
From the Magpie (Charlotte/Charlotte)

In which the Magpie happens upon two Charlottes, and the things they carried.

Sep 26, 2016
The Wife Monsters and Me

Why are ambitious wives in novels figured as dumb or evil or both?

Sep 19, 2016
From the Magpie (Faces)

Novels are also mirror rooms, in a way; we read them “to see our reflections transformed, to wear another’s face.”

Sep 12, 2016