In which I either lose or find myself in a book Entry on the day of our fourth virtual watch party for the His Dark Materials television series, season 2 I read Susanna Clark's Piranesi in two days. It might have been one, but I keep busy. It was the beginning of the week, and… Continue reading Notes on Piranesi
It seems like tempting fate to make any resolutions for the new year. Didn't 2020 just show us not to hold our plans too dear? But an intention is more like a guideline--something to fall back on when everything else is falling apart. In that sense, a pandemic is the best time to set an… Continue reading An intention for 2021
What an inherently troubling phrase! Books I loved in 2020. That is: books I managed to finish in 2020. Books that seemed oddly relevant in 2020 despite being written and edited before the pandemic year. Books that either provided escape from or insight into ten months of social isolation and near constant anxiety in 2020.… Continue reading Books I loved in 2020
I don't know about y'all, but I could barely read this fall. Fortunately, I was loaned some short books and gifted some others--because when I did make time to settle down with a book, it felt great. Hard to make time for reading when your city is out on the streets dancing, marching, and making… Continue reading Reading Roundup: October/November 2020
I wanted to share this insight from the alumna I interviewed today. She graduated last May, having finished her final courses remotely. At the time, she said, she couldn't find a single job opening in her field. But by August, she was hired for an entry-level role, at an organization she admired, in the precise industry she wanted.
Short roundup this month. I started a couple of new learning ventures (yes, ventures) in September: another online writing class through the university where I work, and virtual training to become a volunteer Tree Tender in my neighborhood. Both have weekly readings and assignments, so I sometimes find myself completing quizzes on sick tree symptoms… Continue reading Reading Roundup: September 2020