In Praise of Nuance
  • NaNoWriMo: Yes or No?

    November 22, 2017

    NaNoWriMo says: “Write. Write. Write. Stop over-thinking it, stop pre-editing yourself, stop stopping. Sit down, shut up, and write.” It’s a worthy message.

  • Book Review: Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History

    October 18, 2017

    In Unbelievable, Katy Tur had me at her dedication. Rather than “For Mom” or “For Pooky-Bear,” it’s “For the love of God.”

  • Book Review: The Complete Ballet

    October 10, 2017

    Set aside expectations of a conventional narrative in this unlikely combination of gangsters, strip clubs, and classical dance.

  • The Joys and Sorrows of (Writing) Historical Fiction

    October 9, 2017

    Writing historical fiction sure is a lot of hard work. Really, why bother?

  • Book Review: The Ninth Hour

    October 7, 2017

    This deceptively quiet novel proves once again that Alice McDermott is the master of understated storytelling.

  • A Lesson in Every Object

    September 30, 2017

    These gorgeous little book-length essays showcase compelling writing on an expanding array of the everyday.

  • Book Review: Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution

    September 1, 2017

    A captivating look at dueling theories on the origin and adaptability of species.

  • The Datum is Clear: Language Shifts in Real Time

    August 24, 2017

    It used to be that word definitions and accepted usage shifted gradually over years and multiple editions of Websters. What to make of language evolution in real-time?

  • Book Review: Get to Know KNOW THE MOTHER

    August 23, 2017

    This debut flash fiction collection shows what this genre can do.

  • Between Obligation and Desire: An Interview with Des Cooper


    Des Cooper discusses how her fiction has been shaped by external expectations and pressures even as it explores the interior life that pushes out against those boundaries.

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