Posted in Travels
03/3 2012

Work Trips

I love the work trip.  I love  home too, and despite how many people say to me that I will tire of it at some point, I will always take more work trips.  I like traipsing through the airport with annoying bags and working onREAD MORE

Posted in Travels
02/20 2012

I’m Home (when I’m with you)


Where I always want to be.

Boston again this weekend, and it’s like going home.  Driving around on a stunning sunny day through Brookline with Raquel then going home for dinner with wine and the fading day, I wonder how it’s possible that this place thatREAD MORE

Posted in Books
02/15 2012

Flannery O’Connor – Everything That Rises Must Converge

It’s been far too long since I read Flannery O’Connor.  As a writing student in college of course I read “A Good Man is Hard to Find” and I feel like part of a novella but I can’t remember and none of the titles ringREAD MORE

01/30 2012

Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides

This is a book I’ve long seen on the shelf at bookstores and lingered on for a second.  I also like the cover -shadows of two young girls smoking cigarettes – a boat, a city, all in black and white.  In the end, I didn’tREAD MORE

01/20 2012

What life is like here (on a long weekend)

There I am, lugging around a blue mesh laundry basket from floor to floor.  It’s the third day of a three day weekend and I need to clean my clothes.  So does everybody else in the building.  I live in a building that incredibly hasREAD MORE

01/16 2012

Norwegian Wood – A Book and a Movie

I have the same feeling about Haruki Murakami that I do about Salman Rushdie; I love and hate the writing equally.  One moment I’m fascinated with the style, the next I find it dull.  To be clear, I’m not comparing their writing or saying theyREAD MORE

01/7 2012

Sandpoint – some basics


My hometown is Sandpoint, Idaho.  It’s located in the northern panhandle of Idaho, wedged between Washington, Montana, and British Colombia.  To get there from here, you have a few options.  One is that you can drive rapidly for three days and cut through some ofREAD MORE

12/24 2011

Lie Down in Darkness – William Styron

I believe strongly in the influence of place and time on reading habits.  I can still remember reading Hamlet on a hill by the arboretum at the University of Idaho with the sun on my book (it was late spring, 1999).  I remember reading Carver’sREAD MORE

12/3 2011

Look at Me – Jennifer Egan

Look at Me by Jennifer Egan is the kind of book I’m always happy to find, especially in December.  Why?  This is the perfect kind of book you can give to both the very bookish as well as the one-book-a-year readers.  It is well paced, interesting, unique and has engaging characters. READ MORE

11/30 2011

Stopover in Boston

The TAbout a year ago I told my friend and travel agent that in 2011, I was planning on toning down the travel.  I think I said something about it being the year I chilled out in Chicago and spent more time at home.  Two tripsREAD MORE