Thoughts on The Book of Atlantis Black

What this book is billed as: a punk-rock-true-crime memoir. What this book actually is: an attempt by the author to process her grief after losing her charismatic, mentally ill, drug-addicted, punk-rock sister to overdose and/or suicide and/or the failure of the American criminal justice and public health systems to intervene and provide treatment for an…… Continue reading Thoughts on The Book of Atlantis Black

Buckle in for the ride!

Soooooo, NYT bestselling author of You Never Forget You First (a biography of George Washington), Alexis Coe, wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post. A few concerned readers, myself included, took issue with how it was written. The point of her article was that all problematic and offensive statues in this country should come down…… Continue reading Buckle in for the ride!

Family Fun Friday, or That Time I Knew the Words Coming Out of My Mouth Were All Wrong But Damn if They Didn’t Come Out Anyway

I’ve been adding more diverse books to my kid’s shelves. He loves books, I love books, everyone is happy. So tonight, we read Black All Around by Patricia Hubbell. It’s a lovely book, highly recommend. Lately, when reading before bed, Cole has a question about something on what feels like every single page. His curiosity…… Continue reading Family Fun Friday, or That Time I Knew the Words Coming Out of My Mouth Were All Wrong But Damn if They Didn’t Come Out Anyway

What I’m Reading Wednesday, and a Truly Half-Assed June Wrap-Up

Aromas brought to you by Candlefish. I feel obligated to share that I initially spelled Wednesday wrong in the heading. I stared at it for longer than I care to admit trying to figure out what the problem was. WHY ARE YOU THERE RED SQUIGGLY LINE? Stupid letter N. Are we sure it isn’t Monday?…… Continue reading What I’m Reading Wednesday, and a Truly Half-Assed June Wrap-Up

Black Lives Matter, Engaging in the Conversation, and My May Wrap-Up: Things that Shouldn’t be Combined Into One Post, But F*** You, It’s My Blog and the World Is Bonkers

I did actually read some books in May! But then the world became even more awful than simple pandemic awfulness, as if that wasn’t awful enough, and I didn’t feel much like writing anything. Well, the world is STILL awful, and I’ve talked to awful people who have said awful things. I’ve also talked to…… Continue reading Black Lives Matter, Engaging in the Conversation, and My May Wrap-Up: Things that Shouldn’t be Combined Into One Post, But F*** You, It’s My Blog and the World Is Bonkers

Mid-May Check-in? Words and phrases about The Book of V. and Untamed (again)

So here we are, on this 20th evening of the month of May (I can’t decide if time is flying or crawling), and I have to admit that my book progress so far is pretty pathetic. To give myself SOME credit, I did have a chunk of April to finish before I could launch into…… Continue reading Mid-May Check-in? Words and phrases about The Book of V. and Untamed (again)

The May Pile, Things I Like, and the World is Awful

I’m wrapping up April today, I swear! I have a little bit of Wow, No Thank You to finish before Nowhere Bookshop Presents Samantha Irby (in conversation with Jenny Lawson) via Zoom tonight. CAN👏. NOT👏. WAIT👏. I have enjoyed this book tremendously, and I think I have made my feelings about Jenny Lawson crystal clear.…… Continue reading The May Pile, Things I Like, and the World is Awful

Some thoughts on Untamed, and also on self care during a pandemic- which you may not have heard of because it doesn’t get mentioned that often?

I’m off to a ROARING start. It’s the fifth day of this month of May and this is significant for a few reasons: Reason the first: It’s my husband’s birthday and HOOBOY is it weird to celebrate a birthday in the middle of this shitstorm. (I attempted some PR voodoo and branded today the Pandabirthday.…… Continue reading Some thoughts on Untamed, and also on self care during a pandemic- which you may not have heard of because it doesn’t get mentioned that often?

Guys, I did the work for you.

The April Fantastic Strangelings pick, everyone! I’m not far into this book yet, but I think it is very reasonable to go ahead and say that Samantha Irby is my spirit animal. Anyone that dedicates a book to Wellbutrin is family. The fact that she and I do not actually know each other, and the…… Continue reading Guys, I did the work for you.