September 3, 2018

I told myself that this would be the summer where I stopped binge-watching terrible television shows and started working my way through the big stack of unread books in my living room.

I used to consider myself an avid reader. I remember telling my mum that reading was...

August 29, 2018

Fret not, we haven’t died or fell into a deep ocean trench. Let’s just call it what it was, a hibernation. If you’re still here and reading this, thank you. If you’re not, well then it doesn’t matter because you’re probably doing something else. We hope it’s eating a c...

April 19, 2018

I tend to get nervous when presented with long-form literary fiction. Is it going to be so complex and unconventional that I lose confidence in my ability as a reader? While The Shipping News was assigned as a reading for one of my classes, I found myself obsessing ove...

March 20, 2018

David Lebovitz's L'Appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home follows San Francisco chef Lebovitz as he purchases a home in Paris after renting there for several years. Part cookbook, part autobiography, it is aptly named for how quickly his apartment d...

March 14, 2018

I read most of this book the first day I cracked it open. I like to write in the books I read--make notes in the margin or mark passages that resonate with me with a thin line of graphite. I started doing that with Hunger but if I'd continued I would've underlined the...

March 12, 2018

Mark Wagstaff’s Attack of the Lonely Hearts, published by Anvil Press and winner of the 39th Annual 3-Day Novel Writing Contest, is an ambitious piece of fiction that follows thirty-something Margaret Rudge as she attempts to re-start her life and form a relationship w...

December 1, 2017

It's been too long since I've been able to dedicate my time and my brain to a book-length work, but I haven't let that stop me from devouring bite-sized bits of prose. Lately, I've been obsessed with the personal essay--it's a form I think I've always loved, but am jus...

November 30, 2017

The year I am Mary

in the Christmas pageant, I blush,

      soundless next to my Joseph.

Our baby Jesus, wide unblinking eyes

edged with stiff lashes, reaches a plastic

arm to the ceiling, his mouth gaped

near my chest. My only line:

      Is there room for us at th...

November 9, 2017

I just finished Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson, and wow, I wish it took me longer. Although this isn’t one of Atkinson’s most recent novels (I highly recommend checking out Life After Life—it will blow your mind), I don’t find myself bogged down with...

November 6, 2017

“Look at this!”


Spittle rests in the corner of the old man’s white pressed lips. In his sudden rage he tosses
the hospital bed sheets to the floor. Thick fingers grasp at his scrotum, stretching it so that the
skin is a blue spider web of blood vessels.


“Don’t ever let...

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