I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution

I’ve never been a huge TV watcher, but I definitely have always a roster of shows that I’ve dedicated myself to at any given time. I’m also in the NO SPOILERS EVER camp, so I tend to avoid television and movie reviews and stay off social media if a popular show — say, Game ofContinue reading “I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution”

Véra: Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov

Stacy Schiff’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biography has been sitting on my shelves for the better part of a decade now. I picked up a battered used copy ages ago, dipped into a few pages, loved it…and then put it aside because life. Now, having finally returned to it, it’s been one of the bookish highlights of myContinue reading “Véra: Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov”

The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II

I first stumbled upon Svetlana Alexievich’s work about ten years ago, when I visited the library and randomly picked up a copy of her brilliant Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of Nuclear Disaster. Of course, Alexievich has been around much longer than that; Voices from Chernobyl was published 20 years ago, and she’s been chroniclingContinue reading “The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II”

Among the Ten Thousand Things

Dear Deborah, Do you go by Deborah? It sounds so uptight. I bet you hate Debbie. I hate Debbie, too. Jack calls you Deb. This is a letter about Jack. I began sleeping with your husband last June. We were together for seven months, almost as long as I’ve known him. Julie Pierpont’s debut novel,Continue reading “Among the Ten Thousand Things”

Quickies: The Orphan Master’s Son & When Women Were Birds

The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson Publisher/Year: Random House Audio, 2012 Format: Audiobook Narrator: Tim Kang with Josiah D. Lee & James Kyson Lee Length: 19 hrs, 22 minutes Source: Library What it is: Growing up in a North Korean work camp for orphans, Jun Do manages to rise from the humblest ranks in life to one of the highest,Continue reading “Quickies: The Orphan Master’s Son & When Women Were Birds”