We often look to year-end lists for a distillation or reflection of our collective experience, and this year it’s difficult to look so directly into that mirror. But books are still a slow business and one reads recent releases half-remembering that in most cases these words were written more than a year ago. This year’s […]
A toddy inspired by some of the elements of Beowulf: smoke, fire, honey, and dark water, designed for drinking in your own lair while you make your way through the last month of this year.
We won’t call these children’s books, because – really? – any adult worth their salt will cherish them as much as any kid.
“Thinking is dimmed when familiar forms of reality disappear. This is not a loss. Long periods of inner silence favor clearings, they let the light in, the flooding, the blinding, the bedazzlement”
“I couldn’t trick my brain
into believing the hills
were descents so I just stared
at the steep grades
until I was up close.” – Josh Kalscheur
From Samin Nosrat’s recommendation of a cookbook to read in bed, to Greta Gerwig’s patron saint – Joan Didion, and a collection of canine poems that Isaac Mizrahi is taking to his desert island.
A marathon reading of a new translation of Beowulf by Maria Dahavana Headley presented over 25 days and featuring Alan Cumming, Bill T. Jones, Neil Gaiman, Justin Vivian Bond, Laurie Anderson, Ari Shapiro, Jeff VanderMeer, Sara Quin, Diane Cook, Brontez, and many more.
The poet Eileen Myles, who selected Conundrum as one of her ten favorite books, wrote that “to read this great travel writer’s account of transition is to understand the word ‘journey’ truly.”
“My husband and I get into our own bed and lie face to sunburned face. What news do you have, we ask each other. What new things have you heard? Jordan has it, I say. Stephanie. Mark is sure he does but he can’t get tested.”
In truth, you still expect to order your life in peace; you continue to long for glamour and passion. To guard against the destinyyou don’t really know, you work furiously. Pensive and unathletic as you are, you haveyour own intricate schedule, with your shopping bags and appointments.You always forget you’re a bag of blood. In […]