Dear Maira, Is it OK if I call you Maira? Because I love you so. I love Benjamin Franklin’s fur hat, and your paintings of the hole punches and rubber bands and cherry trees, the one with the sea of flags and the one with Herman Melville eating a fried egg. I love all the […]
I liked the concept right from the start: Buy books in seconds. Download books in seconds. Carry books with you – weightlessly—wherever you go. There’s no getting around it: the Kindle is hot. It’s the world’s largest bookstore, but without the need to herd two little kids across a dangerous parking lot. And did you […]
Many writers cite Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson as the mother and father of contemporary poetry – or perhaps more accurately, as its queer, brilliant aunt and uncle. The two writers may at first seem to have little in common—Whitman is as expansive as Dickinson is compressed, as wild as she is precise. But they […]
You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t force a first-grader to love reading…until you let her find her own way.
I write poetry, and I publish it. Which means that I’ve been witness to a lot of bad poetry readings over the years. Great ones, too—but that’s not what this post is about. The problem with poetry, when read in public, is this. As with any art, there’s a lot of it out there. Some very […]
Before Kindle: A few months ago, I was on an airplane reading my old-timey paperback, while the woman next to me read her Kindle. The flight attendant walked by and asked her to turn off her Kindle, in accordance with the ban on electronic devices during takeoff and landing. I wanted to smugly wave my […]