Don’t Read This Book: The Girl in the Road

I know what you’re thinking: I’m totally gonna read that! And it might be a great idea. Monica Byrne’s The Girl in the Road is one of those books where the present is a poetic haze and the past unravels slowly. It’s also a highly sexual and sometimes violent book with many disturbing (though not horribly graphic) scenes. Be warned. It’s not for the light … Continue reading Don’t Read This Book: The Girl in the Road

A Study of the Sky: an Astronomy Book from 1896

I’m almost afraid to handle this book anymore. When I first found my 1901 edition of Herbert A. Howe’s A Study of the Sky in a quiet downtown bookshop, I could not bring myself above temptation. I purchased it for ten dollars, pleased to have a richly-hued book with old-fashioned illustrations and monochromatic photos. I did not expect rapturous prose that elevated the subject to … Continue reading A Study of the Sky: an Astronomy Book from 1896

Slugs and Goddesses: A Recommendation for Writers

A couple years ago, a family member gifted me this book. Now, I don’t like to inspirit writers into using an inflated lexicon without consideration. Words are diverse, lovely things, but it is wise to remember the audience. Is your reader going to be delighted by a surprising word? Will they be pleased by the challenge of learning something new? If the answer is yes, … Continue reading Slugs and Goddesses: A Recommendation for Writers