Book & Book

What would it be when you took the Dust of His Dark Materials and covered it in sin? That would be Dan Vyleta's┬áSmoke. Mr. Vyleta has written a Dickensian tale of class structure, ethical theology, and coming-of-age in the most naked and brutal of ways. What if every sinful thought and compulsion you had were … Continue reading Book & Book

Language as Lesson

In this Book & Book, two classics with an ambassador to a new world, whether by choice or force, demonstrate the lessons of language and their bearing on interpersonal power dynamics. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin sees an ambassador on the faraway planet of Winter where he must navigate shifgrethor … Continue reading Language as Lesson

Shower Thoughts

Today in the shower, where I do most of my best thinking, I was whining softly to myself about how tired I am, how hard I'm fighting with myself to stay positive and outraged, walking the fine line of anger and activism, how I can't focus on plots or stanzas because of this administration and … Continue reading Shower Thoughts

“The more you tighten your grip, the more star systems will slip through your fingers.”

Where in your life do you feel powerful? Why? This question was hard for me to answer directly. I had to look at it from the corner of my eye, like a faint star. First, how do we define power? When I feel powerful, am I truly? Or is it only my perception? You may … Continue reading “The more you tighten your grip, the more star systems will slip through your fingers.”

Discover Challenge: How Art Can Help

via Discover Challenge: Radical Authenticity The origin for this post begins at the link above, which originated with Dani Shapiro's post. I realize not everyone has time to read a series of blog posts like nesting dolls, so the overview: Many of us (esp Americans) have a growing anxiety over the lives portrayed on social … Continue reading Discover Challenge: How Art Can Help