• Worth $30 just to hear Owen Meany’s voice

    As we stood in line waiting to get into the venue housing last night’s John Irving reading, Sister #2 set out a few ground rules. “One,” she said. “There will be no hugging. ” There was more on the list, but I was too distracted by a nine-year-old wearing heavy…

  • The COVID Diaries: In My Opinionation

    Hi Darling Ones, There’s still a whirlpool going around in my head, but instead of all the sad garbage it’s the book The Witch’s Heart and the ridiculous amount I am relating to it even though I’m a modern giant and not like an ancient, old-timey Norse Ironwood Witch giant.…

  • InTV

    Big Little Disapointments

    Thanks to a kind benefactor with a willingness to share his/her HBO Go password, Sister #4 & I spent a majority of this weekend watching the TV version of “Big Little Lies.” I read the book by Liane Moriarty sometime this winter and I really enjoyed it. I was super…

  • I Stay Near You

    I have a pack of friends who write books for young-adult and middle-grade readers (all of whom you should read). This is not just because I’m incredibly blessed to know smart, talented people, but also because this is Minnesota and you can’t throw a lutefisk without hitting someone who writes…

  • Nice is a drag

    Perhaps the worst thing that can happen to a book is to be nice. Nice is boring. Nice is forgettable. Nice is something you continue reading in hopes that it will get un-nice, it will either turn vile or ascend to greater heights. Nice is a drag. I can remember…

  • Bereft

    I’ve fallen into a weird sort of depression. Instead of spending my time worrying about my career and my writing and money and the state of my life as I approach FORTY!, I’ve decided to ignore all that to worry about Owen Meany. I’m neck deep in A Prayer for…