So long, 2020!

Someday, 2020 will make sense. As the year draws to a close, there are a few pre-pandemic “lasts” to remember. Last movie at a movie theater: “1917” on Feb. 2 — Glad I saw it in a theater on a big screen. At the theater I often go to, there is rarely a big crowd forContinue reading “So long, 2020!”

National Book Critics Circle Announces Finalists for 2017 Awards

The National Book Critics Circle has announced today winners of three prestigious prizes and nominees in nonfiction, biography, autobiography, poetry, criticism and fiction. The awards will be announced on March 15. Carmen Maria Machado’s debut story collection, Her Body and Other Parties (Graywolf), is being honored with the John Leonard Prize, which recognizes an outstanding first bookContinue reading “National Book Critics Circle Announces Finalists for 2017 Awards”

2017 Year in Review in Podcasts

A new podcast for me this year, and for everyone, is Pod Save America, the podcast created by former speechwriters in President Obama’s administration. It acts as a tonic or a resistance in the Trump era. It seems to be a successful rallying cry so far for people who are disillusioned at the current government.Continue reading “2017 Year in Review in Podcasts”

Lincoln in the Bardo and the impossible audiobook

Notes on reading: Lincoln in the Bardo and the impossible audiobook

2016 Year in Review

Fifty-six blog posts published so far this year Number one, most-read blog post: Review of Justin Cronin’s “City of Mirrors” Number one, most-watched videos: Sun Yuan and Peng Yu’s “Can’t Help Myself” from the Guggenheim Museum Two poems published: “That Day in Assisi” and “For Your Own Safety” One short story published: “Auntie Lovely SaysContinue reading “2016 Year in Review”

Why you should download the massive, free e-book ‘Up and Coming’

What is the future of science fiction? It could be in the pages of Up and Coming: Stories by the 2016 Campbell Eligible Authors. You can download the book here: Hurry up, though, the download will only be available until March 31, 2016. What is a “Campbell Eligible Author” you may ask? These areContinue reading “Why you should download the massive, free e-book ‘Up and Coming’”

#tbt Review: Zadie Smith’s debut novel White Teeth

White Teeth by Zadie Smith My rating: 5 of 5 stars Originally written and published in the Times Union in August 2001. “Clean white teeth are not always wise,” says an elderly British veteran in Zadie Smith’s stunning debut novel, “White Teeth,” setting up one of the major ideas of her book, which has beenContinue reading “#tbt Review: Zadie Smith’s debut novel White Teeth”

‘The Duck’ published in Barleby Snopes 12

Earlier this year, you may have been among the few hundred (OK, maybe thousand) people I bombarded with emails, posts and pleas to vote for my humble short story “The Duck” in Bartleby Snopes’ monthly fiction contest. The winner of each month’s contest is automatically included in Bartleby Snope’s semiannual print journal. Alas, despite allContinue reading “‘The Duck’ published in Barleby Snopes 12”

Review: ‘The Year of the Flood’ of The MaddAddam Trilogy by Margaret Atwood

Everything and nothing changes in “The Year of the Flood,” the second book of Margaret Atwood’s “MaddAddam Trilogy.” I have to admit, when I first read “Oryx and Crake,” I didn’t know it was going to be part of a trilogy. When I first read “The Year of the Flood,” I thought of it asContinue reading “Review: ‘The Year of the Flood’ of The MaddAddam Trilogy by Margaret Atwood”