The Whitefish Review, part 2

Before I again sing the praises of The Whitefish Review, I want to make a quick stop at an entirely wonderful Montana source of laughter and bemusement: the Flathead Beacon Police Blotter. These entries all have the pulse of life. At the very least, they deliver what...

Russell Hoban, a 2016 birthday celebration

It is Februray 4, 2016, what would have been the 91st birthday of writer Russell Hoban (1925-2011).  The Kraken, a group of  his fans, celebrate his birthday in a unique way.  Each of us writes a Hoban quotation on yellow paper (yellow A4 paper figures in his books)....

Genius

Emily Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830. In honor of her birthday, here is a post from 2009. “I’m nobody! Who are you?” Emily Dickinson wrote that line, but she didn’t mean it. She knew she was somebody. If you have genius-sized talent,...

MST3K memories / Turkey Day 2015

The premise of the cable TV series Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) is simple: bad movies are riffed by some very smart, very funny people. There are also weird and wonderful host segments featuring people and robots and mad scientists. When MST3K was firing on...

On the pleasures of good writing

Not long ago, my brother sent me a copy of Annie Dillard’s 1974 account of a year spent in Roanoke Valley, Virginia: Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. I’d read it long ago, but on meeting it again, I was struck by how well written it is. By “well...

Let Me Tell You by Shirley Jackson

I’ve liked Shirley Jackson’s writing since I was ten and read Life Among the Savages and Raising Demons, fictionalized accounts of her family life. These are books of immense, almost haunting charm. That family stays with you, and you want to stay with...

Deeper

I want to read stories that are page turners—everyone does—but the things that cause me to turn the page are not the things that cause people to turn the page on say, the latest whodunit or exposé or hot new flavor of the month. I’m a sucker for magical realism...

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