Bookshelf Biography

Bookshelf Biography Eventually the books just become part of the wallpaper. They’re there, but ignored, unread, and thus, invisible. When this house became our home, I unpacked all the books that had been stored when Bear and Brendan and I moved frequently. With a...

Of Books and Boys

As we move deeper into Graduation Season, with all the changes that portends, a reader has asked me to post a short essay I published when my eldest son Bear, graduated from high school and went away to college. A complicated moment for a parent. Here is Of Books and...

On Writing ‘Three Strange Angels’

I often think of the novel, any novel, really, as a small boat, initially moored to a certain well known shore, an incident, say, the writer’s own experience. As the writing process continues, that boat slips its leash and ventures out to a much broader sea, bobs...