The Crisis of Infinite Worlds July 04

The Crisis of Infinite Worlds

As I recall, my local library when I was a kid (shout-out to the Thornhill Branch of the St. Louis County Public Library!) had a summer reading program for youth for which the goal was reading fifty books. Can this be right? You’d add a metallic star sticker to a big public chart each time you read one, and you’d get […]

preserving June 28

What Stacy and Her Boys are Reading Now

Happy Summer, reader friends! In the six weeks since my semester ended I’ve done a bunch of running around – both literally (another 1⁄2 marathon and a trail race) and metaphorically (moving, quick work trip to Iowa City, teaching a Shakespeare class at a prison – more on that in a future blog post). But, […]

marriageplot June 23

The Marriage Plot

Although it has spent a solid couple of years languishing on my bedside table, I finally picked up Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Marriage Plot a few days ago.  If I’ve done anything else the last few days, it has only been reluctantly, since this is a book I have despaired putting down and parting with, even […]

What are you reading this summer?

I have started so many posts for this blog in my head over the past few months.  A post about My Age of Anxiety, which I actually finished ages ago and would probably have to reread at this point to properly write about.  A post about Mary Szybist’s Incarnadine and another about Leslie Jamison’s The […]

RIP Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

“When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.” — Maya Angelou

designtotouch April 20

Engraving in the 21st Century

When asked if I would review the new textbook on engraving, Design to Touch, written by Rose Gonnella and Erin Smith and published by the International Engraved Graphics Association (IEGA), I of course leapt at the chance. As someone enchanted by letterpress printing, I am equally fascinated by its sister art. Physically, the processes are […]

el camino del ninja April 14

Children’s Books I Hate (And My Son Loves)

When we visit the children’s room of the library, I gravitate toward the shelf of Caldecott winners: those inventively written and gorgeously illustrated books that I often remember from my own childhood. But ever since he’s had the power to move around independently, my son has toddled elsewhere. I know nothing about children’s book publishing, but there’s a class of […]

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