New Year, New Boo-ks

celebratory book illuminations

Do you make resolutions? Me too! Do you sort of forget about them by the second week of January and figure that walking to and from the cupcake place near your house twice a week definitely counts as adequate exercise? Me too. This year, however, I’m getting serious about the only resolution that matters—apart from … Read moreNew Year, New Boo-ks

An Attitude of Gratitude for Books About Cults


The holidays—excuse me, HondaDays—are upon us and with them comes a chorus of motivational quote-flavored reminders about the importance of gratitude, which, believe it or not, is something whose value I believe in deeply. And as I reflect upon this year—not that I’ve read all the books I’m about to talk about THIS year, and … Read moreAn Attitude of Gratitude for Books About Cults

Diets of Great Literary Men

A couple of weeks ago, The Paris Review ran an article about the late David Foster Wallace’s adorably wacky diet, which consisted of among other things “chocolate pop tarts and soda” and “Diet Dr Pepper and blondies.” Quoth the Review: “In 1995, the journalist David Streitfeld saw a kitchen with little more in it than a case … Read moreDiets of Great Literary Men

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