Category Archives: religion

detail from Giovanna Garzoni's "Bowl of Citrons" (ca 1640)

Toxic Flora, Fauna, Folks (Reading Kimiko Hahn)

I recently finished Kimiko Hahn‘s Toxic Flora. The title is a little misleading, because plants are not the only toxic beings in this collection. However, the title’s sciency ring is quite fitting: this book is full of science, and that

detail from Giovanna Garzoni's "Bowl of Citrons" (ca 1640)

Toxic Flora, Fauna, Folks (Reading Kimiko Hahn)

I recently finished Kimiko Hahn‘s Toxic Flora. The title is a little misleading, because plants are not the only toxic beings in this collection. However, the title’s sciency ring is quite fitting: this book is full of science, and that

(Not) An Easter Poem

I realize by most people, this isn’t thought of as an Easter poem, really, since it was written with a different, specific historical moment in mind (namely the end of WW1), but when I think of spring, and of life

(Not) An Easter Poem

I realize by most people, this isn’t thought of as an Easter poem, really, since it was written with a different, specific historical moment in mind (namely the end of WW1), but when I think of spring, and of life

A Girl Named Mary: Incarnadine (Mary Szybist)

Thanks to my friend C, who shared Mary Szybist’s Incarnadine with me! I love getting books in the mail. Especially if I wasn’t expecting any.

A Girl Named Mary: Incarnadine (Mary Szybist)

Thanks to my friend C, who shared Mary Szybist’s Incarnadine with me! I love getting books in the mail. Especially if I wasn’t expecting any.

Mars and Buddhists and That.

It’s February. And it’s raining cats, goats, and paper cranes. It’s been a while since my last post, so I wanted to give a quick update. Since the last post happened, I’ve taken and passed my written exams for my

Mars and Buddhists and That.

It’s February. And it’s raining cats, goats, and paper cranes. It’s been a while since my last post, so I wanted to give a quick update. Since the last post happened, I’ve taken and passed my written exams for my

’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

Boy with Red Hair: David Lehman’s New and Selected Poems

David Lehman wears hats. Several. Metaphorically and literally. I’ve already mentioned David Lehman’s Last Avant-Garde (his book about the New York School poets) a few times in my posts on Ashbery, Koch, O’Hara and Schuyler, and you may have come across

Boy with Red Hair: David Lehman’s New and Selected Poems

David Lehman wears hats. Several. Metaphorically and literally. I’ve already mentioned David Lehman’s Last Avant-Garde (his book about the New York School poets) a few times in my posts on Ashbery, Koch, O’Hara and Schuyler, and you may have come across

A Reader’s Christmas Online

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Those songs that come out only once a year have been blaring from supermarket speakers for over a week now, and even the craft stores are doing unspeakable things to holiday tunes with

A Reader’s Christmas Online

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Those songs that come out only once a year have been blaring from supermarket speakers for over a week now, and even the craft stores are doing unspeakable things to holiday tunes with

Lessons in Cynicism and Faith: Flannery O’Connor’s Short Fiction

So, about Miss Flannery O’Connor. Born in 1925 in Georgia, she suffered with lupus for a long time and finally succumbed to it at age 39. She wrote novels as well as short stories and essays. Thanks to the USM

Lessons in Cynicism and Faith: Flannery O’Connor’s Short Fiction

So, about Miss Flannery O’Connor. Born in 1925 in Georgia, she suffered with lupus for a long time and finally succumbed to it at age 39. She wrote novels as well as short stories and essays. Thanks to the USM

Elsie Dinsmore: Holy and Unholy Parents

this is one of the books we discussed in our children’s literature seminar this fall, elsie dinsmore, by martha finley. (the link takes you to the full text on project gutenberg – no need to buy it, it’s in the

Elsie Dinsmore: Holy and Unholy Parents

this is one of the books we discussed in our children’s literature seminar this fall, elsie dinsmore, by martha finley. (the link takes you to the full text on project gutenberg – no need to buy it, it’s in the

(( i heart books ))

… in lieu of an elaborate post about all the many books i have been and am reading this semester, here’s a peek at one of my shelves. i need more shelf space! and may soon have it, fingers crossed.

(( i heart books ))

… in lieu of an elaborate post about all the many books i have been and am reading this semester, here’s a peek at one of my shelves. i need more shelf space! and may soon have it, fingers crossed.

(non)ordinary reality: the teachings of don juan

i recently read this book, the teachings of don juan, by carlos castaneda, for a class, and any page numbers i give here refer to the 40th anniversary edition (cover will look exactly like the image above). it’s the account

(non)ordinary reality: the teachings of don juan

i recently read this book, the teachings of don juan, by carlos castaneda, for a class, and any page numbers i give here refer to the 40th anniversary edition (cover will look exactly like the image above). it’s the account

"it’s not a sin to have feelings" (Gay Mormons?)

i told you in an earlier post that i was reading this, and that i would tell you more about it soon. today is “soon.” the book, Gay Mormons?, is now available and so, now seems like a good time

"it’s not a sin to have feelings" (Gay Mormons?)

i told you in an earlier post that i was reading this, and that i would tell you more about it soon. today is “soon.” the book, Gay Mormons?, is now available and so, now seems like a good time