Category Archives: non-fiction

The Art of Asking

This book grew out of Amanda Palmer’s 2013 TED talk (linked below), but in addition to making the same (good) point, it’s also a sort of crash course in all things Amanda.

The Art of Asking

This book grew out of Amanda Palmer’s 2013 TED talk (linked below), but in addition to making the same (good) point, it’s also a sort of crash course in all things Amanda.

Have You No Rebellion In Your Bones? the poetry of Adelaide Crapsey

If you’ve never heard of Adelaide Crapsey before, you’re not alone. This poet who lived from 1878 to 1914 is, today, largely forgotten. If you have heard of Crapsey, your first thought is likely the cinquain*, a poetic form she

Have You No Rebellion In Your Bones? the poetry of Adelaide Crapsey

If you’ve never heard of Adelaide Crapsey before, you’re not alone. This poet who lived from 1878 to 1914 is, today, largely forgotten. If you have heard of Crapsey, your first thought is likely the cinquain*, a poetic form she

the knife-throwing mother and her children, 1950s

Alice Miller (3): On Contempt

One thing Alice Miller is known for is her statement that ‘the child is always innocent.’ In her writing, she consistently defends the rights and needs of the child. At the beginning of her essay ‘Über die Verachtung‘ (‘On Contempt’),

the knife-throwing mother and her children, 1950s

Alice Miller (3): On Contempt

One thing Alice Miller is known for is her statement that ‘the child is always innocent.’ In her writing, she consistently defends the rights and needs of the child. At the beginning of her essay ‘Über die Verachtung‘ (‘On Contempt’),

Reading Alice Miller (2): Depression & Grandiosity

In the second essay in her book The Drama of the Gifted Child, Alice Miller argues that depression and grandiosity are essentially related forms of narcissistic disorder. What most of us call depression, she explains, is in her experience a loss

Reading Alice Miller (2): Depression & Grandiosity

In the second essay in her book The Drama of the Gifted Child, Alice Miller argues that depression and grandiosity are essentially related forms of narcissistic disorder. What most of us call depression, she explains, is in her experience a loss

Reading Alice Miller (1): The Gifted Child

I’ve been reading Alice Miller’s seminal text Das Drama des begabten Kindes (The Drama of the Gifted Child), a collection of three essays in which Miller explores the origins of the loss of self (Selbstverlust). The loss of self, she

Reading Alice Miller (1): The Gifted Child

I’ve been reading Alice Miller’s seminal text Das Drama des begabten Kindes (The Drama of the Gifted Child), a collection of three essays in which Miller explores the origins of the loss of self (Selbstverlust). The loss of self, she

Psyched! (1): Peseschkian’s Stories

The book: Oriental Stories as Tools in Psychotherapy, by Nossrat Peseschkian (1986, first edition in German: 1979) The approach: positive psychotherapy & storytelling

Psyched! (1): Peseschkian’s Stories

The book: Oriental Stories as Tools in Psychotherapy, by Nossrat Peseschkian (1986, first edition in German: 1979) The approach: positive psychotherapy & storytelling

Wonder Woman and Mango Street

I may have spent the past couple of weeks traveling, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been reading, so here’s what I’d like to share with y’all today:   Two very different books — The Secret History of Wonder Woman,

Wonder Woman and Mango Street

I may have spent the past couple of weeks traveling, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been reading, so here’s what I’d like to share with y’all today:   Two very different books — The Secret History of Wonder Woman,

Daddies, Daughters, Dancers: Dotter of her Father’s Eyes

Free comic book day (always the 1st Saturday in May) usually means that my preferred local comic book shop has a big sale, as well as giving out a lot of free comics. Earlier today, I dug deep in the long,

Daddies, Daughters, Dancers: Dotter of her Father’s Eyes

Free comic book day (always the 1st Saturday in May) usually means that my preferred local comic book shop has a big sale, as well as giving out a lot of free comics. Earlier today, I dug deep in the long,

’tis the season: Letter to a Friend, about Faith

This post is an unusual one in as far as it is not about a specific book or reading-related topic, although faith and reading do go hand in hand much of the time. This post is more personal, and if

’tis the season: Letter to a Friend, about Faith

This post is an unusual one in as far as it is not about a specific book or reading-related topic, although faith and reading do go hand in hand much of the time. This post is more personal, and if

And now for something completely (?) different: Democracy Rocks.

I can’t vote in the U.S. (even though I live here and pay taxes and obey the laws etc, but never mind). If you can vote, you should! Because even with a mid-term election, your vote carries weight. Please vote.

And now for something completely (?) different: Democracy Rocks.

I can’t vote in the U.S. (even though I live here and pay taxes and obey the laws etc, but never mind). If you can vote, you should! Because even with a mid-term election, your vote carries weight. Please vote.

The Bigger Picture: Modernism

Disclaimer: As I’m preparing for my comprehensive exams, I’m finding I have to organize my thoughts better, so in all honesty, this post as as much for myself as it is for anyone else. Modernism, which is generally agreed to

The Bigger Picture: Modernism

Disclaimer: As I’m preparing for my comprehensive exams, I’m finding I have to organize my thoughts better, so in all honesty, this post as as much for myself as it is for anyone else. Modernism, which is generally agreed to

Cranioklepty (Grave-robbing for Profit and Pleasure)

I stumbled across this little gem a few days ago, and just had to have it. Conveniently, it was on sale for a quarter, but I would have happily paid more for it. Cranioklepty, if you hadn’t already guessed, the

Cranioklepty (Grave-robbing for Profit and Pleasure)

I stumbled across this little gem a few days ago, and just had to have it. Conveniently, it was on sale for a quarter, but I would have happily paid more for it. Cranioklepty, if you hadn’t already guessed, the