in the place where she fell

Annie Dillard’s The Writing Life, is a beautifully strange book that somehow captures what writing, as a life, a vocation, an avocation, is like. What it feels like. Catching and revealing what something is, and how it might be experienced using nothing but words is all that writing is. It’s hard. It’s easy. It’s almost […]

The Nature of Things

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” – John Muir In 1911 Anna Botsford Comstock, Professor in Nature-Study in Cornell University Emeritus, published HANDBOOK OF NATURE-STUDY for Teachers and Parents. The book is based on a series of leaflets intended to re-introduce children […]

“We’ve never had anyone who thought we were beautiful.”

“When I did Indigo, which was my third book, in ’96, women were coming to the signing crying. ‘There are no African-American historical love stories. We’ve never had anyone who thought we were beautiful.’” – Beverly Jenkins I love all the quotes from this Book Riot post about the romance novel industry documentary LOVE BETWEEN THE […]

Oh, Hawthorne

“My theory is that there is less indelicacy in speaking out your highest, deepest, tenderest emotions to the world at large, than to almost any individual. You may be mistaken in the individual; but you cannot be mistaken in thinking that, somewhere among your fellow-creatures, there is a heart that will receive yours into itself.” […]

#everything

Emma stood motionless, her stomach unraveling, aware of every inch of her skin. Before Izzy friend-dumped her, Emma’s outsider status hadn’t mattered. She didn’t need the affection or the admiration of five or ten or five hundred girls. She and Izzy spoke their own language of ridiculously important and importantly ridiculous things, absurd-genius nothings irrelevant […]