Looking for Anne of Green Gables

A fan-pilgrim expects to find a special world, a sense of belonging. I just wasn’t sure what I’d find on Anne’s island.

Apr 25, 2017
On Power Between Women: The Handmaid’s Tale Revisited

We know the damage of othering. What about the ravages of Same-ing?

Apr 20, 2017
A Soulful Novel and Me: On Zora Neale Hurston

“Their Eyes Were Watching God is a timeless novel that shows us the resilience of the human spirit.”

Feb 23, 2017
An Unbearable Tension: On James Baldwin and the Nation of Islam

“As a child, I swallowed the Nation’s ideology as easily as the Harlem residents Baldwin observed.”

Jan 24, 2017
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
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
Ernest Hemingway and Me: Reflections of an Insomniac Writer

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

Nov 30, 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
Under Threat of the Really Big One

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

Oct 13, 2016
The Wife Monsters and Me

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

Sep 19, 2016
Mavis Gallant and Me; or, Where Are You From?

Like her, I was a Canadian who left Canada. Like her, I wanted to be an unsentimental writer. But I was not Mavis Gallant.

Aug 29, 2016
In Pursuit of Prodigy: The Last Samurai and Me

“Books are the cause of so many bad ideas.”

Aug 09, 2016