Category Archives: Short Stories/Essays

Black Juice

After I’ve had a bad experience with an author, it’s rare that I’ll return to read more. The world is so full of a number of things, it takes a lot of persuasion to convince me that I just read … Continue reading

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The Love of a Good Woman

I don’t know exactly what I expected from my first experience reading Alice Munro’s short stories. I knew that she’s considered a master of the form, winning the Nobel prize in 2013. But for some reason, I’d slotted her stories … Continue reading

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My Anthology Problem and The Art of the Personal Essay

For the last several months, I’ve been slowly reading through the essays in The Art of the Personal Essay, edited by Phillip Lopate. It’s an excellent collection, containing many of my favorite essays, all arranged in a rough chronological order … Continue reading

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Joss Whedon and Religion: Essays on an Angry Atheist’s Explorations of the Sacred

Most people know me as a reader, but I believe that a good TV show or movie can be every bit as rewarding as a good book. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one of those TV shows that I return … Continue reading

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Tenth of December

George Saunders’s stories in Tenth of December are hard for me to write about, because I want to use descriptors like strange and dark and ironic and even sometimes grotesque. But I want that to attract you to the stories, … Continue reading

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St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves

Completely by chance, or maybe by one of those inner whims that guides our reading without our realizing it (or maybe it’s just October), I’ve now read three books in a row that had to do with strange beings, magic, … Continue reading

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Reginald

Saki (H.H. Munro) is one of those authors I like in theory. I say this not because I don’t like him in practice, but simply because I’ve heard so much more about his work than I’ve ever actually read. A … Continue reading

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The Innocence of Father Brown

Am I supposed to feel guilty for loving G.K. Chesterton, in the same way that people tend to make excuses for loving Kipling? He was neither conservative nor progressive; he tended not to believe that people thrived very well on … Continue reading

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Gods and Soldiers: The Penguin Anthology of Contemporary African Writing

Over the past few years, I’ve been trying, in a small and not particularly systematic way, to become more familiar with literature from outside the U.S. and U.K. The reading options are overwhelming, and this collection of essays and stories … Continue reading

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Three Guineas

About a week or so ago, my Read More Woolf group met for the last time, to discuss Three Guineas. I had to miss a few meetings during the semester (Orlando and Between the Acts), but I made it to … Continue reading

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