April 30, 2021
Cræft: How traditional crafts are about more than just making by Alexander Langlands

it’s not that we have lost these ancient skills, it’s worse than that. It’s that we have lost the conception of these skills and what they can do for us (185)

April 7, 2021
Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary

April 3, 2021
A Girl From Yamhill by Beverly Cleary

March 24, 2021
Love Lives Here by Amanda Jetté Knox

March 14, 2021
On Property by Rinaldo Walcott

Abolition’s purpose is to do more than save Black people; it is also to save the species from its self-destructive self (97)

March 12, 2021
A Mind Spread Out On The Ground by Alicia Elliott

February 13, 2021
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

February 09, 2021
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

It has been said that people of the modern world suffer a great sadness, a “species loneliness”–estrangement from the rest of Creation. We have built this isolation with our fear, with our arrogance, and with our homes brightly lit against the night. For a moment as we walked this road, those barriers dissolved and we began to relieve the loneliness and know each other once again (358)

February 06, 2021
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nahisi Coates

So you must wake up every morning knowing that no promise in unbreakable, least of all the promise of waking up at all. This is not despair. These are the preferences of the universe itself: verbs over nouns, actions over states, struggle over hope.

February 04, 2021
Out of the Crazywoods by Cheryl Savageau

Sometimes I think we go crazy just so people will put us away somewhere and take care of us for a while. Just to not have to think, not have to answer to anything or anyone.

February 02, 2021
The Book You Were Born To Write by Kelly Notaras

January 31, 2021
Open: Why asking for help can save your life by Frankie Bridge

January 31, 2021
Happier Now: How to stop chasing perfection and embrace everyday moments (even the difficult ones) by Nataly Kogan

January 30, 2021
Craftfulness: Mend yourself by making things by Rosemary Davidson and Arzu Tahsin

January 28, 2021
Street Journalist by Lisa Loving

all stories are about people, doing something, for a reason

January 28, 2021
This is your brain on depression by Dr. Faith Harper

Depression is a biochemical learned helplessness response to stress.

January 09, 2021
Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: the Rise and Reign of Unruly Women by Anne Helen Petersen

November 30, 2020
Why I Wake Up Early by Mary Oliver

November 29, 2020
Marshall McCluhan by Douglas Coupland

November 28, 2020
Upstream by Mary Oliver

November 2020
Bikenomics by Elly Blue

October 31, 2020
Can’t Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation by Anne Helen Petersen

October 16, 2020
The Blue Hour of the Day by Lorna Crozier

September 19, 2020
Magical Negro by Morgan Parker

July 23, 2020
Open Heart, Open Mind by Clara Hughes

July 10, 2020
Unapologetic by Charlene Carruthers

May 11, 2020
Provence, 1970 by Luke Barr

April 30, 2020
The Secret Life of Glenn Gould by Michael Clarkson

April 20, 2020
Summer of My Amazing Luck by Miriam Toews

April 08, 2020
Luncheonette by Steven Sorrentino

March 27, 2020
Small Town Talk by Barney Hoskyns

March 22, 2020
Master of Ceremonies by Joel Grey

March 16, 2020
Olle Eksell–Of Course! by David Castenfors

March 15, 2020
The Men From the Boys by William J. Mann

March 11, 2020
Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter by Alison Wearing

March 10, 2020
Secret Historian by Justin Spring

February 29, 2020
Jane Sexes It Up, edited by Merri Lisa Johnson

February 26, 2020
Queer in America by Michelangelo Signorile

February 20, 2020
Stones by Timothy Findley

February 18, 2020
Dining Along the Amazon by Timothy Findley

February 16, 2020
Conversations with my Elders by Boze Hadleigh

February 05, 2020
Z by Therese Anne Fowler

January 19, 2020
The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean

January 06, 2020
Mastering Adulthood by Lara E. Fielding

December 17, 2019
Queer by William S. Burroughs

August 02, 2019
Abigail Adams by Woody Holton

July 21, 2019
Electric Arches by Eve L. Ewing

June 30, 2019
Magical Negro by Morgan Parker

June 29, 2019
You are a badass at making money by Jen Sincero

I can’t tell you how much time I wasted (okay, forty years) pretending I could do things differently, instead of acting on ideas that seemed out of my reach or would have cost me money I didn’t want to spend. In other words, ideas that would have forced me to grow. I blazed by countless strokes of genius without even giving these ideas the time of day, just instantly tossed them aside as impossible. Next! Then back to complaining, spinning out, wondering why oh why can’t I get out of my suckhole? The Universe must have been like, I just gave you exactly what you asked for! Are you freaking kidding me?

June 27, 2019
She felt like feeling nothing by r.h. Sin

June 26, 2019
You are a badass every day by Jen Sincero

June 16, 2016
Support by Cindy Crabb

June 11, 2019
Learning Good Consent by Cindy Crabb

June 10, 2019
Alive with Vigor, edited by Robert Earl Sutter III

June 08, 2019
Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans

May 22, 2019
Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith

May 20, 2019
Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough

May 20, 2019
Take Me With You by Andrea Gibson

May 19, 2019
River Woman by Katherena Vermette

May 19, 2019
Useless Magic by Florence Welch

May 18, 2019
The Carrying by Ada Limón

May 10, 2019
Holy Wild by Gwen Benaway

April 25, 2019
Gatsby’s Girl by Caroline Preston

April 24, 2019
American Ground: Unbuilding the World Trade Center by William Langewiesche

April 16, 2019
Running Upon the Wires by Kate Tempest

April 15, 2019
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

April 11, 2019
Women’s Ways of Knowing: The Development of Self, Voice, and Mind by Mary Field Belenky, Blythe McVicker Clinchy, Nancy Rule Goldberger, Jill Mattuck Tarule

April 05, 2019
Seaworthy by Linda Greenlaw

April 03, 2019
The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger

March 30, 2019
Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport

March 30, 2019
This I Know by Terry O’Reilly

People don’t buy 3/4” drill bits. They buy 3/4” holes. (Theodore Leavitt)

March 29, 2019
Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn

March 24, 2019
On a Farther Shore: the Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson by William Souder

March 19, 2019
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond

Each of us can imagine our own scenario for the end of Dorset culture. One guess of mine is that, among groups of Dorset people starving in a difficult winter, the women just deserted their men and walked over to Inuit camps where they knew that people were feasting on bowhead whales and ringed seals.

March 03, 2019
After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again by Dan Santat

March 03, 2019
Over and Under the Pond by Kate Messner

March 03, 2019
Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins

February 27, 2019
A Boy Named Queen by Sara Cassidy

February 27, 2019
Love Byte by Helane Zeiger

“I can’t wait to do my homework tonight,” a girl named Jennifer Sanborn says to me. “We’ve got to do something to stop the PTA. If I can’t play Gobble-Girl after school, for sure I’ll die!”

February 25, 2019
You Need a Budget by Jesse Mecham

February 23, 2019
Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman

PS we are not written for one instrument alone; I am not, neither are you.

February 23, 2019
The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine Aron

February 22, 2019
The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

February 17, 2019
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord

February 16, 2019
Art Before Breakfast by Danny Gregory

February 16, 2019
Adventures of Johnny Chuck by Thornton W. Burgess

February 16, 2019
Three Gifts from the Green Dragon and other Chinese stories by Catherine Lim

February 16, 2019
Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe

February 16, 2019
Specimen Days by Michael Cunningham

February 14, 2019
Rapt by Winifred Gallagher

Deciding what to pay attention to for this hour, day, week, or year, much less a lifetime, is a peculiarly human predicament

February 13, 2019
Do/Story: How to tell your story so the world listens by Bobette Buster

February 11, 2019
Sahara by Michael Palin

February 11, 2019
Basic Witches by Jess Zimmerman and Jaya Saxena

February 09, 2019
Reading People by Anne Bogel

February 09, 2019
Full Circle by Michael Palin

February 04, 2019
The Modern Enneagram by Kacie Berghoef and Melanie Bell

February 04, 2019
The Queen’s Throat: Opera, Homosexuality, and the Mystery of Desire by Wayne Kostenbaum

I love to hear words lose separateness and become a liquid amalgam.

February 02, 2019
Walt Whitman: A Gay Life by Gary Schmidgall

“Still I say: I only gave myself: I got the boys, I got the Leaves.”

January 28, 2019
The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli, trans. by David Wooton

January 26, 2019
Alternative Shakespeare Auditions for Women by Simon Dunmore

January 26, 2019
Best Plays of 1998, edited by Marisa Smith (including Jocelyn Beard, Aviva Jane Carlin, Jessica Goldberg, Wendy MacLeod, Jill Morley, Val Smith, Erin Cressida Wilson)

January 25, 2019
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

January 22, 2019
Walt Whitman: Poetry for Kids by Karen Karbeiner and Kate Evans

January 22, 2019
Kafka Americana by Jonathan Lethem and Carter Scholz

January 21, 2019
Good Night Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) by Anne-Marie MacDonald

January 20, 2019
Speakers of the Dead by J. Aaron Sanders

January 19, 2019
Equus by Peter Shaffer

January 16, 2019
Walt Whitman: A Life by Justin Kaplan

January 12, 2019
The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis

January 10, 2019
Civil War Poetry and Prose by Walt Whitman

January 09, 2019
Terence Conran on Design

January 07, 2019
The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis

January 05, 2019
The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis

January 05, 2019
The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis

January 04, 2019
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

January 01, 2019
Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis

December 31, 2018
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

December 30, 2018
Tales from Beatrix Potter

December 30, 2018
Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Anderson

December 29, 2018
The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison

December 22, 2018
Generation A by Douglas Coupland

December 18, 2018
My Ántonia by Willa Cather

December 16, 2018
Cat Wishes by Calista Brill and Kenard Park

December 16, 2018
Crafty Cat #1 by Charise Mericle Harper

December 16, 2018
Buddy and Earl by Maureen Fergus and Carey Sookocheff

December 16, 2018
We Sang You Home by Richard Van Camp and Julie Flett

December 16, 2018
Violet and Victor Write the Most Fabulous Fairy Tale by Alice Kuipers and Bethanie Deeney Murgula

December 14, 2018
Olga (#1 and #2) by Elise Gavel

December 14, 2018
Jacob Two-Two and the Hooded Fang by Mordecai Richler

December 13, 2018
The Goat by Anne Fleming

December 12, 2018
Adventures in Babysitting by Elizabeth Faucher

December 12, 2018
The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade by Peter Weiss

Marat we’re poor and the poor stay poor / Marat don’t make us wait any more / We want our rights and we don’t care how / We want our Revolution NOW

December 11, 2018
Southern Mail/Night Flight by Antoine-de-St-Exupéry

December 07, 2018
Skin Again by bell hooks and Christopher Raschka

December 07, 2018
Taan’s Moon by Alison Gear

December 07, 2018
Wonder Bear by Tao Nyen

December 07, 2018
Jessica by Kevin Henkes

December 07, 2018
Mr. Pusskins by Sam Lloyd

December 07, 2018
Alma by Juana Martinez-Neal

December 07, 2018
The Gold Leaf by Kirsten Hall and Matthew Forsythe

December 07, 2018
Still Writing by Dani Shapiro

December 06, 2018
Perilous Trade: Book Publishing in Canada, 1946-2006 by Roy MacSkimming

Scoffing at breathless media stories of young Japanese reading novels on their cellphones, older folks doubted that most North Americans would want to read long narrative texts on a small screen, however high-resolution. Instead, readers would continue to prefer that highly portable, sensually appealing, lovably familiar piece of technology, the book, so adaptable to bath, bed, or exercise bike.

November 30, 2018
Herself Defined by Barbara Guest

November 29, 2018
Spilling Ink by Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter

November 29, 2018
Textbook by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

November 28, 2018
Writing Irresistible Kidlit by Mary Kole

November 27, 2018
Pieces a collection of new voices edited by Stephen Chbosky

November 27, 2018
Legends of Vancouver by E. Pauline Johnson

November 26, 2018
I could do anything if I only knew what it was by Barbara Sher

November 25, 2018
Myth and Sexuality by Jamake Hightower

November 25, 2018
Rosetown by Cynthia Rylant

November 24, 2018
Big Foot and Little Foot by Ellen Potter

November 24, 2018
Uni the Unicorn by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

November 24, 2018
Drama by Raina Telegemeier

November 22, 2018
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankenweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

The Tale of Beatrix Potter by Margaret Lane

Conveying truth by means of fantasy, enlarging our perception of life by poetic means, is one of the highest functions of art.

November 21, 2018
The Enchanted Places by Christopher Milne

November 16, 2018
Julie and Romeo by Jeanne Ray

November 14, 2018
Wildwood by Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis

November 09, 2018
Deep Work by Cal Newport

October 26, 2018
Sword Blades and Poppy Seeds by Amy Lowell

October 13, 2018
A Dome of Many-Colored Glass by Amy Lowell

October 07, 2018
Some Imagist Poets, 1916

September 30, 2018
Sea Garden by H.D.

September 29, 2018
Hymen by H.D.

September 26, 2018
Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery

September 23, 2018
The Next Wave: An Anthology of 21st Century Canadian Poetry, edited by Jim Johnstone

September 22, 2018
The Magic of Tiny Business by Sharon Rowe

September 12, 2018
Making a living without a job by Barbara Winter

No matter how many ignore or reject you, if you are connected to a few kindred spirits, you can keep your soul in flight.

September 04, 2018
The Handmade Marketplace by Kari Chapin

August 31, 2018
The Creative Entrepreneur by Isa Maria Seminega

August 29, 2018
Business Boutique by Christy Wright

You have permission to do things that make you like yourself. It’s not selfish; it’s self-preservation

August 22, 2018
The Achievement Habit by Bernard Roth

The Great Spring by Natalie Goldberg

The Great Spring includes the Great Failure, the thoroughgoing reduction to nothing, to loss, disappointment, shame, betrayal. If we can stand still and attentive in our lives and not run away, even right in the middle of the ruins, we will find fertile ground. We will hear the sound of a songbird in a Paris chestnut tree—we may not know whether the song comes from inside us or outside. We may never have been to Paris, but it doesn’t matter. We are penetrated, through and through.

Orlando by Virginia Woolf

January 8, 2018
Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf

January 7, 2018
A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction

January 5, 2018
Sweet Valley Twins #24 Jumping to Conclusions by Jamie Suzanne

January 4, 2018
No Logo by Naomi Klein

It is on-line that the purest brands are being built: liberated from the real-world burdens of stores and product manufacturing, these brands are free to soar, less as the disseminators of goods or services than as collective hallucinations.

December 27, 2017
The Warrior Queens by Antonia Fraser

The two syndromes are ready to claim her: if holy chastity happens not to be the desired image, then extreme voracity replaces it.

November 19, 2017 Ground Works: Avant-Garde for Thee edited by Christian Bök, introduction by Margaret Atwood

not much was actual, therefore everything was potential.

November 19, 2017
My Darling Nellie Grey by George Bowering

I also like the alphabet itself. It is repeated in an order that we all agree to, or at least follow, but it is an order that has no extrinsic meaning. It is outside the worlds of humanism, cause-and-effect, realism, logic, and so on. If you want to give up control of your materials, go for the alphabet.

November 9, 2017
The Pattern in the Carpet: A Personal History with Jigsaws by Margaret Drabble

I love museum shops, although I slightly despise myself for doing so, and chide myself for the need to appropriate bits and pieces of culture instead of relying on the purity of unaided memory.

September 21, 2017
The Art and Business of Teaching Yoga by Amy Ippoliti and Taro Smith

August 07, 2017
Buzz: Urban Beekeeping and the Power of the Bee by Lisa Jean Moore and Mary Kosut

We cannot simply intervene or unintervene and allow animals (domesticated in particular) to just be free because our consciousness is raised and our guilt is heightened. Certainly, we cannot open the doors to our apartments and free our dogs or unleash them on the street—the world humans have created would be quite uninhabitable for them.

June 27, 2017
Unsettling Encounters: First Nations Imagery in the Art of Emily Carr by Gerta Moray

The popularity of images of Carr with her animals has distracted from her artistic professionalism and achievement.

June 17, 2017
The Blue Ribbon by Katherine Marlowe

June 14, 2017
Rise of the video game zinesters by Anna Anthropy

May 19, 2017
A Day of Signs and Wonders by Kit Pearson

May 14, 2017
Corpse Pose by Diana Killian

May 13, 2017
Emily Carr: New perspectives on a Canadian icon

Indian Art broadened my seeing, loosened the formal tightness I had learned in England schools. Its bigness and stark reality baffled my white man’s understanding. I was as Canadian-born as the Indian but behind me were old world heredity and ancestry well as Canadian environment. The new west called me, but my old world heredity, the flavour of my upbringing, pulled me back. I have been schooled to see outsides only, not struggle to pierce… I learned a lot from the Indians, but who except Canada herself could help me comprehend her great woods and spaces?

April 20, 2017
Growing Pains by Emily Carr

First we pretended that Epping Forest was our Canadian woods, but it was no good, there was not one bit of similarity. We gave up and sipped England’s sweetness happily. Here were trees venerable, huge and grand, but tamed. All Englands things were tame, self-satisfied, smug and meek—even the deer that came right up to us in the forest, smelled our clothes. There was no turmoil of undergrowth swirling round the boles of trees. The forest was almost like a garden—no brambles, no thorns, nothing to stumble over, no rotten stumps, no fallen branches, all mellow to look at, melodious to hear, every kind of bird, all singing, no awed hush, no vast echoes, just beautiful, smiling woods, not solemn, solemn, solemn like our forests. This exquisite, enchanting gentleness was perfect for one day, but not for always—we were Canadians.

March 6, 2017
Emily Carr and Her Dogs, Flirt, Punk, and Loo

I think I could turn and live with animals, they’re so placid and self-contain’d, I stand and look at them long and long

epigraph, from Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

February 26, 2017
Wildflowers by Emily Carr

Today has been wonderful, winter and spring shaking hands.

February 26, 2017
The Book of Small by Emily Carr

Some wonders started inside you just like a stomach-ache. Some started outside things when you saw, smelled, heard, or felt them.

February 17, 2017
The House of All Sorts by Emily Carr

Art being so much greater than ourselves, it will not give up once it has taken hold.

February 11, 2017
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

Going sane feels just like going crazy.

February 11, 2017
This and That by Emily Carr

All young life is poetry, frightfully serious poetry.

February 07, 2017
Emily Carr: An Intro to Her Life and Art by Anne Newlands

January 31, 2017
When Emily Met Woo by Monica Kulling

January 22, 2017
Klee Wyck by Emily Carr

January 17, 2017
Opposite Contraries edited by Susan Crean

January 11, 2017
Hundred and Thousands by Emily Carr

I would not kowtow. I did not push. Praise embarrassed me so that I wanted to hide. You’ve got to meet success half-way. I wanted it to come all the way, so we never shook hands. Life’s queer.

December 27, 2016
Emily Carr by Maria Tippett

December 14, 2016
Seven Journals: Sketchbooks of Emily Carr by Doris Shadbolt

December 07, 2016
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

September 07, 2016
Teaching yoga by Donna Farhi

September 04, 2016
The science of yoga by William Broad

September 02, 2016
Bringing yoga to life by Donna Farhi

July 26, 2016
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

July 22, 2016
Love & Freindship [sic] by Jane Austen

July 19, 2016
The Poems of Sappho: An Interpretative Rendition into English by John Myers O’Hara

July 18, 2016
Sappho: A new rendering by Henry de Vere Stacpoole

July 17, 2016
England and Yesterday by Louise Imogen Guiney

July 17, 2016
Sonnets from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

July 11, 2016
Simple Dreams by Linda Ronstadt

June 25, 2016
Linchpin by Seth Godin

June 24, 2016
Tribes by Seth Godin

June 23, 2016
Permission Marketing by Seth Godin

June 22, 2016
Unleashing the Ideavirus by Seth Godin

June 21, 2016
The Dip by Seth Godin

June 17, 2016
Whatcha gonna do with the that duck? by Seth Godin

May 21, 2016
An Unusual Courtship by Katherine Marlowe

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg

January 16, 2016
Casualties of Peace by Edna O’Brien

(Willa worked in glass: figures, windows, birds, crucifixes, mermaids, saints and martyrs all made of glass with glass expressions to denote emotion.) Should she reply by saying ‘Thank you, but I would like you to appreciate the fact that glass is cold and chilling to the touch. Glass is not human. Neither is the glue with which I bind it. Nor the acid with which I treat it. Glass breaks, glass is fragile, it does not endure. You can look at it, you can look through it, but you do not discover anything more the closer you look, glass is monstrous to sleep with. Handling and holding glass you yearn for flesh.’

January 13, 2016
The Double Hook by Sheila Watson

There are things, she said, that can’t be straightened out. They have to be pulled and wrenched and torn. And maybe just stay muddled up. Or pushed out of sight and left where they are. You can’t tidy up people the way you can tidy up a room, she said. They’re too narrow or too big. And even rooms, she said, don’t take long to get untidy again.

January 10, 2016
The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood

“Listen, sweetie,” said Roz. “There’s just one thing I want you to remember. You know those chemicals women have in them, when they’ve got PMS? Well, men have the very same chemicals in them all the time.”

January 10, 2016
Trish for President

January 06, 2016
Breathless by Lenore Fleischer

December 20, 2015
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

December 20, 2015
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

December 18, 2015
Consider the lobster by David Foster Wallace

December 17, 2015
A question of death by Kerry Greenwood

Jack Robinson then did something that confirmed him in Phryne’s high regard. He sat down on his heels and spoke directly to the dog. (128)

December 15, 2015
The Paris Notebooks by Mavis Gallant

December 12, 2015
Murder and Mendelssohn by Kerry Greenwood

December 10, 2015
Unnatural Habits by Kerry Greenwood

December 08, 2015
Dead Man’s Chest by Kerry Greenwood

December 06, 2015
Murder on a Midsummer Night by Kerry Greenwood

December 01, 2015
A Vindication of the Rights of Women by Mary Wollstonecraft

December 01, 2015
Murder in the Dark by Kerry Greenwood

November 29, 2015
Death by Water by Kerry Greenwood

November 28, 2015
This could help by Patrick Rhone

November 26, 2015
Living with a wild god by Barbara Ehrenreich

November 24, 2015
True secret of writing by Natalie Goldberg

November 24, 2015
Queen of the Flowers by Kerry Greenwood

November 19, 2015
Writing down the bones by Natalie Goldberg

November 18, 2015
The Castlemaine Murders by Kerry Greenwood

November 16, 2015
Murder in Montparnasse by Kerry Greenwood

November 10, 2015
Away with the Fairies by Kerry Greenwood

October 31, 2015
Death Before Wicket by Kerry Greenwood

October 27, 2015
Raisins and Almonds by Kerry Greenwood

October 24, 2015
Urn Burial by Kerry Greenwood

October 21, 2015
Ruddy Gore by Kerry Greenwood

October 18, 2015
Blood and Circuses by Kerry Greenwood

October 13, 2015
The Green Mill Murder by Kerry Greenwood

October 11, 2015
Death at Victoria Dock by Kerry Greenwood

October 02, 2015
Murder on the Ballarat Train by Kerry Greenwood

September 23, 2015
Flying Too High by Kerry Greenwood

September 18, 2015
Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood

September, 2015
The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan

September 04, 2015
The Big Switch by Nicholas Carr

August 19, 2015
Introverts in Love by Sophia Demobbing

August 11, 2015
2k to 10k by Rachel Aaron

July 01, 2015
Can’t and Won’t by Lydia Davis

May 02, 2015
The Creative License by Danny Gregory

April, 2015
Learning by Heart by Corita Kent and Jan Steward

April 29, 2015
Art of Stillness by Pico Iyer

April 26, 2015
Creative Cure by Carrie and Alton Barron

April 03, 2015
Blue Nights by Joan Didion

March 19, 2015
Main Street Vegan by Victoria Moran

March 17, 2015
Food Matters by Mark Bittman

March 10, 2015
The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit

February 27, 2015
Make Your Creative Dreams Real by SARK

February 25, 2015
No Animal Food by Rupert Weldon

February 14, 2015
Writing Through the Darkness by Elizabeth Maynard Schaefer

February 12, 2015
Less is More by Cecile Andrews and Wanda Urbanska

February 05, 2015
Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss

January 31, 2015
Wheat Belly by William Davis

January 21, 2015
Fitting in is Overrated by Leonard Felder

January 18, 2015
Give It Up! by Mary Carlomagno

January 17, 2015
Happy by Ian K. Smith

January 16, 2015
Wild by Cheryl Strayed

December 20, 2014
Keeping the Breath in Mind & Lessons in Samadhi by Ajaan Lee Dhammadharo

December 18, 2014
Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Gunaratana

December 16, 2014
Choose Yourself by James Altucher

December 13, 2014
Should I Do What I Love? By Katy McColl

December 13, 2014
All Marketers are Liars by Seth Godin

December 9, 2014
Poke the Box by Seth Godin

December 9, 2014
The 12 Clichés of Selling by Barry Farber

There is nowhere they can turn to on the Net [sic], type in “This is my problem. I know I need a widget, but which widget do I need?,” and get an intelligent answer.

November 29, 2014
Screw Work, Let’s Play by John Williams

October 28, 2014
Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

October 26, 2014
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

October 23, 2014
The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel

October 20, 2014
Amelia Earhart by Doris Rich

October 20, 2014
If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland

October 16, 2014
Walden by Henry David Thoreau

as is too common with writers, I got only my labor for my pains. However, in this case my pains were their own reward.

October 05, 2014
An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison

September 24, 2014
Fluent Forever by Gabriel Wyner

September 21, 2014
The True Secrets of Writing by Natalie Goldberg

September 5, 2014
The Mindful Way Through Depression by Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal, Jon Kabat-Zinn

August 25, 2014
It’s Not You: 27 (Wrong) Reasons You’re Single by Sara Eckel

August 24, 2014
Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers by Anne Lamott

August 24, 2014
Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn

August 23, 2014
10% Happier by Dan Harris

July 15, 2014
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

June 10, 2014
Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin

In mid-October, he replied to eleven-year-old Grace Bedell, who had recommended that he grow a beard, “for your face is so thin” and “all the ladies like whiskers.” After lamenting the fact that he had no daughter of his own, he wondered: “As to the whiskers, having never worn any, do you not think people would call it a piece of silly affectation if I were to begin it now?” Nonetheless, he proceeded to grow beard. (324)

January 02, 2014
City of Night by John Rechy

It’s that limbo-time in Los Angeles arbitrarily called “spring,” merely because, technically, summer hasn’t come.

Playing For Time by Barbara Bretton

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

September 17, 2013
Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power by Rachel Maddow

The biggest moneymaking movie of 1986 was a Knights-of-the-Sky adventure pic that would have made Burgess Meredith and Hap Arnold blush: Top Gun. “Gentlemen,” says our flight instructor, “this school is about combat. There are no points for second place.” Young Tom Cruise was the lasciviously oiled, sun-burnished, leather-jacket-wearing, motorcycle-driving, soul-singing fighter pilot who overcomes self-doubt (a psychic leftover from his father’s service record in Vietnam) and the training-exercise death of his best buddy/navigator (“Talk to me, Goose”) to air-joust the Soviet MiG jets into bloodless submission and win the girl. Top Gun sold nearly fifty million tickets in US theatres.

February 04, 2013
Sliding Home by Leslie Kelly

February 03, 2013
The Sweet Spot by Kimberly Raye

February 03, 2013
Fever Pitch by Julie Elizabeth Leto

Pure fantasy doesn’t work for me. I need to know there’s an element of reality or I can’t suspend my disbelief long enough to enjoy the ride.

February 02, 2013
Time Out by Jill Shalvis

After that, it was a blur of frenzied movements. She ripped his shirt off, he unzipped, and together they freed the essentials.
And oh God, the essentials.

January 19, 2013
Why He Didn’t Call You Back by Rachel Greenwald

January 12, 2013
How Sweet It Is by Sophie Gunn

Meanwhile, he’d developed a troubling fondness for baking as well as a curious addiction to cable cooking shows.

January 05, 2013
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

I give you leave to like him. You have liked many a stupider person.

December 31, 2012
Republic of Dreams by Ross Wetzsteon

Never, in fact, has a generation of radicals dedicated itself so fervently to experiencing happiness in the making of revolution.

November 20, 2012
Henry IV, Part 1, 2, Henry V by William Shakespeare

This story shall the good man teach his son.

November 20, 2012
Pulphead by John Jeremiah Sullivan

It’s the human condition to be confused. No other animal ever had an erroneous thought about nature. (202)

November 02, 2012
Maps and Legends by Michael Chabon

You hope to spend your life doing what you love and need and have been fitted by nature or God or your protein-package to do: write, draw, sing, tell stories. But you have to eat.

June 04, 2012
Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling

Be quiet, O you person without any form. I am going to sit on your head till morning, because there is something about you that I don’t understand.

April 24, 2012
Drawing: A Studio Guide by Lu Bro

Your images may suddenly seem “real” enough, even “pretty,” but will actually have about the same authority a well-memorized phrase has to the sensitive uses of a foreign language.

April 18, 2012
Making a Living Without a Job by Barbara J. Winter

When I worked at a job I hated, I spent every weekend shopping, hoping I could buy something that would make me feel better. Now that I’m doing work that I love, it is so satisfying that I need less money to support myself.

April 12, 2012
Design is a Job by Mike Monteiro

Not only have we have forgotten how to use power tools, we’ve begun confusing building IKEA shelves with furniture-making.

April 07, 2012
How to Survive and Prosper as an Artist by Carroll Michels

The artist must not only be self-reliant, he must also remain vigilant of those who would co-opt his fire from heaven to roast marshmallows. (Eden Maxwell)

February 02, 2012
The Follow-Through Factor: Getting from Doubt to Done by Gene C. Hayden

January 31, 2012
Outskirts by Sue Goyette

January 27, 2012
The True Names of Birds by Sue Goyette

The world sometimes is a big wet dog shaking itself, the wag of trees,
the slobber of clouds. The little bark of bad news, of illness. We wanted to push it
off our lap, command it to sit, to stay. Obey, obey.

January 26, 2012
Feeling the Worlds by Dorothy Livesay

January 24, 2012
To This Cedar Fountain by Kate Braid

January 22, 2012
Evening Dance of the Grey Flies by P.K. Page

January 22, 2012
Inward to the Bones: Georgia O’Keeffe’s Journey with Emily Carr by Kate Braid

She can’t see them,
on painting my hills
in shades of British green.
They’re everything but! I snap
Try purple! Try yellow! Try red!
She’s drenched in green,
bewitched by it. Her eyes
drip curtains of tree colour.
When I am being kind, I think
she’s either blind
or homesick.

January 21, 2012
The Circle Game by Margaret Atwood

I don’t wear gratitude
well. Or hats.

January 20, 2012
Flicker and Hawk by Patrick Friesen

it’s old-fashioned being brave

January 20, 2012
You Don’t Get to Be a Saint by Patrick Friesen

January 16, 2012
Dig Up My Heart: Selected Poems 1952-83 by Milton Acorn

I’m either mad or just as good as Shakespeare.

January 15, 2012
The Uncollected Acorn by Milton Acorn

January 14, 2012
Two Bowls of Milk by Stephanie Bolster

January 12, 2012
Sticks & Stones by George Bowering

December 31, 2011
Politics by Aristotle

when a revolution takes place shall we say the men are the same, but the city is different

December 13, 2011
Where We Stand: 30 Reasons For Loving Our Country by Roger Rosenblatt

The country was, always is, a romance; to inspire, one has to presume a level of intimacy with its highest purposes.

December 11, 2011
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll

‘You couldn’t have it if you DID want it,’ the Queen said. ‘The rule is, jam to-morrow and jam yesterday–but never jam to-day.’

December 04, 2011
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

Over and over I feel as if my characters know who they are, and what happens to them, and where they have been and where they will go, and what they are capable of doing, but they need me to write it down for them because their handwriting is so bad.

November 21, 2011
Confessions of a Freelance Penmonkey by Chuck Wendig

November 06, 2011
Icecapade by Josh Lanyon

November 05, 2011
Fair Game by Josh Lanyon

October 26, 2011
Lonely: A Memoir by Emily White

quite poignantly, the hearts of the lonely, as though unexercised, beat more slowly than the hearts of the nonlonely.

October 08, 2011
The Big Moo: Stop Trying to be Perfect and Start Being Remarkable by The Group of 33

September 17, 2011
Politicking: How to Get Elected, Take Action, and Make an Impact in Your Community by William Rauch

Be yourself: voters can spot a phoney mile away–and phonies don’t get elected

September 17, 2011
The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. by Kate Messner

September 12, 2011
The Top 10 Ways to Ruin the First Day of 5th Grade by Ken Derby

September 11, 2011
Who is Bugs Potter? by Gordon Korman

September 08, 2011
Just Grace by Charise Mericle Harper

September 07, 2011
The Teashop Girls by Laura Schaefer

September 05, 2011
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look

August 25, 2011
The Audacity to Win: The Inside Story and Lessons of Barack Obama’s Historic Victory by David Plouffe

August 14, 2011
The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

August 06, 2011
The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days That Inspired America by Thurston Clarke

July 14, 2011
How to Be Alone by Jonathan Franzen

The first lesson reading teaches is how to be alone.

July 2011
The Write Track: How to Succeed as a Freelance Writer in Canada by Betty Jane Wylie

July 2011
The Renaissance Soul: Life Design for People with Too Many Passions to Pick Just One by Margaret Lobenstine

June 30, 2011
Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life by Natalie Goldberg

And be brave. Let some of the good writing go. Don’t worry. There’ll be lots of it over time. You can’t use all of it. Be generous and allow some of it to lie fallow. What a relief! We can write well and let it go. That’s as good as writing poorly and letting it go. Just let it go.

January 20, 2011
Just Kids by Patti Smith

While I was reading Genet, it was as if he was becoming Genet.

August 18, 2010
Left Hook: A Sideways Look at Canadian Writing by George Bowering

I have known several writers, famous for representing their neighbourhoods in Montreal and Toronto, who came out, had a look at the mountains and bicycles, and announced they could not comprehend the possibility of human life in such a place. (59)

August 05, 2010
Breaking News: A Stunning and Memorable Account of Reporting from Some of the Most Dangerous Places of the World by Martin Fletcher

A hundred thousand Bangladeshis killed in a flood equaled ten thousand Africans killed by a famine equaled five hundred Egyptians eaten by crocodiles on the Nile equaled five British soldiers killed in Northern Ireland equaled two of the queen’s corgi dogs run over by a bus. (75)

McClurke’s Law of what gets on the air, named after an editor at BBC radio.

August 04, 2010
Nureyev: The Life by Julie Kavanagh

He was also finding it hard to accustom himself to traditional English cooking, although it was two weeks before he confessed to hating cold roast beef. Beef–preferably in the form of an entrecôte steak–had to be thick, blue, and hot before he would eat it; when it arrived he would slice off a piece to see if it was rare enough, then test the temperature with his tongue–sometimes even his cheek. Only steak, he believed, could give him the extra stamina he needed onstage, and when Margot took him to meet her mother for the first time, they heard him mutter disapprovingly when the food appeared, “Chicken dinner, chicken performance.” (215)

July 19, 2010
Generation Kill by Evan Wright

Recon Marines like Colbert are in their hearts almost like bird-watchers. They have a passion for observing things that exists all by itself, separate from whatever thrills they get out of guns and blowing things up. (179)

July 17, 2010
Parachute Infantry: An American Paratropper’s Memoir of D-Day and the Fall of the Third Reich by David Kenyon Webster

July 07, 2010
Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest by Stephen E. Ambrose

Like all writers, he was composing his description of the event as it happened.

July 01, 2010
It’s Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life by Lance Armstrong and Sally Jenkins

Back in the early 1900s, when the mountain climbs were added to the Tour for the first time, one rider completed the journey up on his ponderous old contraption, and then turned to race organizers at the roadside and screamed, “You’re all murderers!”

May 21, 2010
Small is Possible: Life in a Local Economy by Lyle Estill

The manager of the Town of Pittsboro did not know how to grant a business license to a software company. He was a creative and flexible man, and after enough conversation we concurred that it would probably be okay if we were permitted to operate under the category of “Small Appliance Repair.”

May 13, 2010
Loving Jack by Nora Roberts

April 22, 2010
The Proving Ground: The Inside Story of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race by G. Bruce Knecht

We’re not going until we have to step up to the fucking raft.

April 21, 2010
Secret Ingredient: Love by Teresa Southwick

April 15, 2010
The Beekeeper’s Daughter by Janice Carter

April 05, 2010
A Not-So-Perfect Past by Beth Andrews

April 04, 2010
Tall, Dark, and Difficult by Patricia Coughlin

January 23, 2010
One More Time! by Dal Richards

January 17, 2010
When Television was Young: The Inside Story with Memories by Legends of the Small Screen by Ed McMahon

January 16, 2010
Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold

It looked like having your own piece of the world under glass. For a long moment, Philo and Pem Farnsworth held each other. Their bodies were bathed in the blue light of the screen. “Pem, I’d like you to meet television.”

January 12, 2010
Gasping for Airtime: Two Years in the Trenches of Saturday Night Live by Jay Mohr

Saturday Night Live is like an uncle you hate paying for all four years at Harvard.

Julia Sweeney

January 07, 2010
No Applause–Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous by Trav S.D.

If Eddie Van Halen had played his guitar the way most magicians do magic, he never would have gotten laid.

Penn Jillette

December 17, 2009
Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street by Michael Davis

December 15, 2009
Slanted and Enchanted: The Evolution of Indie Culture by Kaya Oakes

December 09, 2009
Across the Great Divide: The Band and America by Barney Hoskyns

December 04, 2009
George Balanchine: The Ballet Maker by Robert Gottlieb

July 03, 2009
The Devil in the Kitchen: Sex, Pain, Madness and the Making of a Great Chef by Marco Pierre White

July 02, 2009
Paper Lion: Confessions of a Last-String Quarterback by George Plimpton

June 29, 2009
The One Best Way: Frederick Winslow Taylor and the Enigma of Efficiency by Robert Kanigel

June 25, 2009
A Pig in Provence: Good Food and Simple Pleasures in the South of France by Georgeanne Brennan

June 23, 2009
The Late Bloomer’s Revolution: A Memoir by Amy Cohen

June 21, 2009
The Devil’s Details: A History of Footnotes by Chuck Zerby

June 20, 2009
Stuffed: Adventures of a Restaurant Family by Patricia Volk

June 18, 2009
Montgomery Clift by Maurice Leonard

June 15, 2009
X Saves the World: How Generation X Got the Shaft by Can Still Keep Everything From Sucking by Jeff Gordinier

May 07, 2009
Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky

April 27, 2009
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg

April 24, 2009
My Life in France by Julia Child

April 21, 2009
Beard on Food: The Best Recipes and Kitchen Wisdom from the Dean of American Cooking by James Beard

April 10, 2009
Stitching a Revolution: The Making of an Activist by Cleve Jones

February 15, 2009
The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk by Randy Shilts

December 13, 2008
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

I would like to lie next to him in the dark and watch him breathe and watch him sleep and wonder what he’s dreaming about and not get an inferiority complex if the dreams aren’t about me.

December 10, 2008
Angels and Insects by A.S. Byatt

the Apostles in Cambridge, that learned society of young men who were going to change the world into something altogether more just and delightful.

December 05, 2008
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

The heart know its own bitterness.

September 30, 2008 The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp

Every detail feeds your art because it has nowhere else to go.

July 19, 2008
Post Captain by Patrick O’Brian

There is a great deal of noise, more noise than you would believe possible; and time does not seem to have the same meaning, if you follow me; and you get very tired. And afterwards you have to clear up the mess.

July 13, 2008
Rainbow High (1, 2, 3) by Alex Sanchez

July 12, 2008
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

July 12, 2008
Let’s Not Let a Little Thing Like the End of the World Come Between Us by James Marshall

July 12, 2008
Geography Club by Brent Hartinger

July 09, 2008
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Beautiful Blueberries (the last entry in Christopher McCandless’s ersatz journal)

June 26, 2008
Breakfast with Scot by Michael Downing

Sam is my cup of tea, but sometimes you’re just too tired to wait for the water to boil.

June 24, 2008
Santa Monica Canyon by Gregory Hinton

June 22, 2008
Changing Tides by Michael Thomas Ford

June 06, 2008
Create a Life Worth Living by Carol Lloyd

June 05, 2008
May You Be the Mother of a Hundred Sons: A Journey Among the Women of India by Elisabeth Bumiller

May 31, 2008
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard

May 30, 2008
Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

When you collect marine animals there are certain flat worms so delicate that they are almost impossible to capture whole, for they break and tatter under the touch. You must let them ooze and crawl of their own will onto a knife blade and then lift them gently into your bottle of sea water. And perhaps that might be the way to write this book–to open the page and to let the stories crawl in by themselves.

May 29, 2008
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Maybe everybody in the whole damn world is scared of each other.

May 28, 2008
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

May 27, 2008
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

May 18, 2008
Gossip Girl 5, 6 by Cecily Ziegesar

Was there something distinctly gay about Chuck Bass these days? Or perhaps not. Just because he’d gotten blond highlights and was wearing a slim, cream-colored wool coat by Ralph Lauren and orange leather Prada sneakers didn’t mean he’d given up molesting defenseless, drunken girls at parties. Perhaps he was simply expressing himself.

May 16, 2008
In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan

May 16, 2008
Angels in America by Tony Kushner

May 16, 2008
Gossip Girl 4 by Cecily Ziegesar

May 15, 2008
Gossip Girl 3 by Cecily Ziegesar

May 15, 2008
My Antonia by Willa Cather

May 11, 2008
Gossip Girl 2 by Cecily Ziegesar

May 10, 2008
Griffin & Sabine Trilogy, Morning Star Trilogy by Nick Bantock

May 10, 2008
Gossip Girl 1 by Cecily Ziegesar

May 06, 2008
Suddenly, Last Summer by Tennessee Williams

May 04, 2008
The Trail Home by John Daniel

May 04, 2008
Office Hours by Norm Foster

May 2008
On Writing by Eudora Welty

April 29, 2008
Refuse to Choose!: A Revolutionary Program for Doing Everything That You Love by Barbara Sher

April 26, 2008
The Bone People by Keri Hulme

April 26, 2008
The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Stories by Mark Twain

April 22, 2008
Defiant Imagination by Max Wyman

April 21, 2008
Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis by Robert F. Kennedy

April 14, 2008
Dispatches from the Edge: A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival by Anderson Cooper

April 13, 2008
All Too Human by George Stephanopoulos

April 04, 2008
The Anti 9 to 5 Guide: Practical Career Advice for Women Who Think Outside the Cube by Michelle Goodman

March 20, 2008
The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera

February 25, 2008
Euclid’s Window: The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace by Leonard Mlodinow

January 03, 2008
Night by Elie Wiesel

January 01, 2008
Caught Inside: A Surfer’s Year on the California Coast by Daniel Duane

December 30, 2007
Shakespeare and Company by Sylvia Beach

December 28, 2007
DIY: The Rise of Lo-Fi Culture by Amy Spencer

December 23, 2007
The Hungry Ocean: A Swordboat Captain’s Journey by Linda Greenlaw

December 22, 2007
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald [first read in grade 11]

November 30, 2007
Upstart Star-Ups by Ron Lieber

November 17, 2007
The 100-Mile Diet: A year of eating locally by Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon

November 15, 2007
The Grail Bird by Tim Gallagher

November 11, 2007
The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

October 14, 2007
An Enchantment of Birds by Richard Cannings

October 05, 2007
Toast: the story of a boy’s hunger by Nigel Slater

September 22, 2007
Grain of Truth by Ross Laird

September 17, 2007
Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brien

August 28, 2007
Creating from the Spirit by Dan Wakefield

August 24, 2007
This Year I Will by M.J. Ryan

August 23, 2007
Paterson by William Carlos Williams

May 07, 2007
The Wars by Timothy Findley

March 2007
Diaries: The Python Years, 1969-1979 by Michael Palin

November 25, 2006
Songbook by Nick Hornby

November 24, 2006
Tab Hunter Confidential by Tab Hunter and Eddie Muller

September 07, 2006
Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg

September 04, 2006
Grain Vol 31 No 02

August 13, 2006
Our Town by Thorton Wilder

August 12, 2006
Getting Things Done by David Allen

July 23, 2006
Sula by Toni Morrison

June 30, 2006
The Nasty Bits by Anthony Bourdain

May 22, 2006
Untangling my chopsticks: a culinary sojourn in Kyoto by Victoria Abbott Riccardi

Everyday Japanese White Rice
1 1/2 cups short-grain rice
Place rice in fine mesh sieve. Rinse under cold water, using your hand to gently stir until the liquid runs clear, about 2 minutes. Transfer rice to heave-bottom saucepan. Add 2 cups cold water. Let soak for an hour. Bring rice to boil. Reduce heat to low and cook, covered, for 10 minutes. Turn off heat and rest, covered, for 10 minutes. Remove lid and spoon out the rice with a wooden rice paddle (or spoon). If by chance some rice sticks to the bottom of the pot, don’t despair! Simply spoon out all the soft grains, then scrape up the crispy bottom portion to eat as a snack sprinkled with coarse salt. Makes 4 cups.

May 18, 2006
Not Much Fun: The lost poems of Dorothy Parker

Clean out ferryboats; peddle fish;
Go be chorus men if you wish;
Rob your neighbors’ houses in the dark midnight;
But think of your families, and please don’t write.

May 16, 2006
Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger

Written in ink, in German, in a small hopelessly sincere handwriting, were the words “Dear God, life is hell.” Nothing led up to or away from it.

May 04, 2006
Why I Write by George Orwell

All writers are vain, selfish, and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives there lies a mystery. Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.

April 30, 2006
The Other 90% by Robert Cooper

April 29, 2006
Best Music Writing 2003, edited by Matt Groening

April 23, 2006
What should I do with my life? by Po Bronson

April 21, 2006
Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

April 14, 2006
Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman

April 13, 2006
Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki

November 26, 2005
Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

October 06, 2005
The Unknown Darkness: an FBI profiler on his most memorable cases by Gregg O. McCrary

Sept 29, 2005
Driving Mr. Albert by Michael Paterniti

August 07, 2005
On Blondes by Joanna Pitman

July 29, 2005
Planet Simpson by Chris Turner

July 26, 2005
On Writing by Stephen King

July 19, 2005
Creative Non Fiction by Philip Gerard

July 17, 2005
How to think like da Vinci by Michael Gelb

July 03, 2005
Tastes of Paradise: A Social History of Spices, Stimulants, and Intoxicants by Wolfgang Schivelbusch

July 01, 2005
The Art of Fiction by David Lodge

June 24, 2005
Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson

June 04, 2005
Bathroom Humor by Jane Millmore and Billy Van Zandt

June 04, 2005
Alpha Beta: How our alphabet shaped the western world by John Man

May 29, 2005
All the President’s Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward

May 02, 2005
Best American Non-Required Reading 2002 edited by Dave Eggers

April 20, 2005
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris

March 25, 2005
Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis

January 23, 2005
Madhouse: The Private Turmoil of Working for the President by Jeffrey H. Birnbaum

December 08, 2004
Kilter by John Gould

“What are you afraid of?”
“Same thing everybody’s afraid of. I’m afraid of everything.” (5)

October 23, 2004
A Home at the End of the World by Michael Cunningham

One of the beauties of living in Cleveland is that any direction feels like progress. (25)

May 25, 2004
Live From New York by Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller

April 25, 2004
A Cook’s Tour by Tony Bourdain

March 13, 2004
Kitchen Confidential by Tony Bourdain

June 17, 2003
Up in the Air by Walter Kirn

America was that country all around us, and we knew that we’d go there someday, but we could wait. (139)

June 08, 2003
The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things by JT LeRoy

And I watch the big yard with the white house with the room with dinosaur-covered walls and a racing car bed, and shelves of toys and charts with star and a smiling momma and daddy, I watch it fold up neat like a gas station map, and I bury it and hide it like a treasure map. (23)

May 22, 2003
True Lust by Tristan Taormino

“Wow, that is so cool,” he said. “You’re the future!” Apparently, we were the very near future, because we took him home that night. (212)

May 19, 2003
Sleep Demons by Bill Hayes

Sleep acts, in this regard, more like an emotion than a bodily function. As with desire, it resists pursuit. Sleep must come find you.
Nevertheless, I look for it. (5)

May 17, 2003
Fargo Rock City by Chuck Klosterman

It was three months before I took the time to listen to side two. (10)

May 10, 2003
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

“We have a saying: If you go to Atlanta, the first question people ask you is, “What’s your business?” In Macon they ask, “Where do you go to church?” In Augusta they ask your grandmother’s maiden name. But in Savannah the first question people ask you is, “What do you like to drink?” (30)

April 28, 2003
Party of One by Anneli Rufus

Or we can be misled into thinking that company, just a bit, betrays our true identity as loners. It does not. Not if she makes you laugh. Not if she always knows when it it time to go. (75)

April 23, 2003
The Fuck-Up by Arthur Nersesian

Not knowing what else to say, I nervously said, “How do you do? I’m straight.” And then I bolted out. (51)

April 10, 2003
The Cheese Monkeys by Chip Kidd

I mumbled for the umpteenth time that year-long day of that first awful month, my tongue thick with shame. “Me? Art.” (2)

April 10, 2003
Sarah by JT LeRoy

She looked at me, her eyes wild with the secrets of death, and said, “I came back for you.” (155)

February 08, 2003
Fraud by David Rakoff

I take myself to see Fight Club, which, while featuring an awfully good performance by the four inch band of flesh across Brad Pitt’s stomach just above his pubic hair, does little to lift my spirits. (83)

January 03, 2003
Word Freak by Stefan Fatsis

The word anagrams itself anagrams to the Latin ars magna, or great art. (30)

December 30, 2002
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

And it was then Cecilia gave orally what was to be her only form of suicide note, and a useless one at that, because she was going to live: “Obviously, Doctor,” she said, “you’ve never been a thirteen year old girl.” (7)

December 30, 2002
Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs

I had my mother’s eyes. Everybody always told me this. And it scared me that I had her eyes because I was worried that it meant I had whatever else she had back there that made her believe she could not only speak to the dead, but smoke cigarettes in the bathroom with them. (240)

December 29, 2002
His Tongue by Lawrence Schimel

“You have so little imagination,” Robert complained. He lifted the top half of the blender from its base and held it before him. “Sometimes I wonder how I could have married you,” he said, switching places, so that Steve was pressed up against the counter. “But then I remember.” (54)

December 26, 2002
Souvenir of Canada by Doug Coupland

I sometimes wonder if it’s the Americans who are becoming different, while Canadians remain basically the same. (114)

November 17, 2002
Love in a Dark Time: Gay Lives from Wilde to Almodóvar by Colm Tóibín

It is not the departure for pleasure that is intolerable, it is the waking up happy. (26)

October 20, 2002
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

“I have heard it said that many learned books contain the most racy of passages, but I have never had the nerve to look.” (166)

October 09, 2002
Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

It struck me as pretty ridiculous to be called Mr. Darcy and to stand on your own looking snooty at a party. Its like being called Heathcliff and insisting on spending the entire evening in the garden, shouting “Cathy” and banging your head against a tree. (13)

October 04, 2002
Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser

The Chicken McNugget turned a bird that once had to be carved at a table into something that could be easily eaten behind the wheel of a car. (139)

September 16, 2002
My Name Escapes Me by Alec Guinness

I have kept a diary for over thirty years; a small, strictly private, almost illegible series of daily jottings, and I have left instructions for them to be destroyed at my death. (1)

September 15 2002
The Frog King by Adam Davies

“Love isn’t expertise, Harry.” (255)

September 14, 2002
Kissing in Manhattan by David Schickler

Jeremy wanted to say she was terrible. He wanted it to be a compliment. (63)

September 13, 2002
Primary Colors by Anonymous [Joe Klein]

“…and you know as well as I do there are plenty of people in this game who never think about the folks, much less their better angels. They just want to win. They want to be able to say, I won the biggest thing you can win.” (504)

August 05, 2002
American Studies by Mark Merlis

in the night you stitch together a little glory and drape it around whatever body comes to hand; in the morning the boy shrugs it off as though it never fit. (246)

July 17, 2002
13 by Mary-Lou Zeitoun

I used to take ballet but I stopped when I was 12 because I wanted to sleep in instead. (12)

June 11, 2002
Calendar Boy by Andy Quan

She mistakes him at first for American, then later recognizes his soft quirkiness and round vowels as Canadian. (197)

June 03, 2002
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

All I said was, “Ask her if she still keeps all her Kings in the back row.” (34)

May 31, 2002
American Whiskey Bar by Michael Turner

I assure you that I will continue to go out of my way to tell you, if ever you want me to at any time, at any place, wherever you may be everything this movie has done, everything this movie is capable of doing, and, for as long as I live, everything this movie is not. (182)

May 31, 2002
Our Noise by Jeff Gomez

There’s only one store left, the Record Rack, the hairy chain in the mall that charges sixteen dollars for Pearl Jam’s Ten and still keeps it in the New Releases bin even though it came out ages ago, as if some sailor is going to wander in after being out to sea for two years and be all, “Whoa! When did this come out?” and plunk down a twenty and not even wait for the change. (96)

May 30, 2002
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. (13)

May 26, 2002
Hard Core Logo by Michael Turner

That was the most commercial thing we ever did, breaking up. (14)

May 23, 2002
True Love by Robert Fulghum

The young woman said, “I love this couch. And now I’m looking for the right man to help me move it. Who knows what might happen?” Two young men, who had been listening, immediately volunteered. And off they all went together. The waitress from the espresso bar had the last word. “Veronica’s getting really good at that story it’s the third time she’s used it to get that damned couch moved.” (201)

May 12, 2002
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

I wound up in Normandy the same way my mother wound up in North Carolina: you meet a guy, relinquish a tiny bit of power, and the next thing you know, you’re eating a different part of the pig. (153)

May 11, 2002
The Hottest State by Ethan Hawke

I told her I was afraid I was becoming the person I pretended to be in high school. (6)

May 10, 2002
And The Band Played On by Randy Shilts

In fact, the lack of people dying of AIDS in obituary columns led gay journalist Larry Bush to wonder aloud: “What if they gave an epidemic and nobody died?” (473)

May 07, 2002
Maybe (Maybe Not) by Robert Fulghum

If you ever could attend a performance of the Minneapolis Chamber Symphony when it plays out in the small towns of rural Minnesota, you might notice an empty chair just to the right of the double bass player and just behind the violas. The orchestra voted to put it there permanently. The chair is for those who always wanted to be part of the symphony not just as listeners, but among those upon whom the making of music depends. It is the chair in honour of all those who, however competently, embrace the impossible. Sit in that chair someday. (188)

May 04, 2002
An Underachiever’s Diary by Benjamin Anastas

I am lifted from my mother’s arms to discover, for the first time, how solitude is really filled with other people. (4)

March 30, 2002
Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis

All it comes down to is that I’m a boy coming home for a month and meeting someone whom I haven’t seen for four months and people are afraid to merge. (9)

March 01, 2002
The Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis

“I like America.” He winked. “But only from a distance.” (260)

February 28, 2002
The Object of My Affection by Stephen McCauley

And New York seemed the likeliest place to go because I was convinced everybody ended up there at some point in their life anyway, and I figured I should get it out of the way while I still had the energy. (16)

February 10, 2002
Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney

A random sampling of the titles induces vertigo: As I Lay Dying, Under the Volcano, Anna Karenina, Being and Time, The Brothers Karamazov. You must have had an ambitious youth. Of course, many of these spines have never been cracked. You have been saving them up. (39)

February 08, 2002
Obsessed, edited by Michael Lowenthal

When I was a boy, the bathroom in our home had a spring-coil doorstop at the baseboard with a little rubber head, and I would pull it back and watch it vibrate from its fan of movement into a smaller and smaller object, until it was its ordinary, still, tiny self again. This is what sex looks like to me. (22)

February 05, 2002
This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

“You used to be entertaining before you started to write,” he continued. “Now you save any idea that you think would do to print.” (215)

January 18, 2002
Naked by David Sedaris

“I love you,” I said at the end of one of our late night phone calls.

“I am going to pretend I didn’t hear that,” she said. (240)

January 17, 2002
Mockingbird Years by Emily Fox Gordon

My ambition was not to change the world but to describe it. (155)

January 15, 2002
Barrel Fever by David Sedaris

After that there was nothing left to say as nothing gets on my nerves more than someone repeating the same sentence twice. I think it’s something people have picked up from television, this emotional stutter. Rather than say something interesting once, they repeat a cliché and hope for the same effect. (143)

January 10, 2002
The Venetian’s Wife by Nick Bantock

I found myself asking if he’d consider selling me his Ganesha statue. Without realising it, I’d begun to want to own the chubby little elephant.

He said, “No, I couldn’t. It’s a talisman. My girlfriend gave it to me the day we met, and even though it sounds sentimental and over-dramatic, I know she won’t leave me as long as I look after our friend.” (41)

January 06, 2002
Four Blondes by Candace Bushnell

He’s sitting in the living room in a red-and-white-striped shirt, suspenders still looped over his shoulders, drinking a beer with his buddies from the network whose names I still can’t be bothered to remember, when I come down the stairs, wearing a white brocade dress with grey mink trim and long grey gloves. My mother is married to a fishmonger. My father is gay and lives in Paris. I am going to the ballet. (166)

January 04, 2002
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

Her hawk’s eyes were clear and calm. I knew everything was all right and was going to turn out well in the end when she leaned forward and said to me, telling me her great secret, “Ernest, don’t you think Al Jolson is greater than Jesus?” Nobody thought anything of it at the time. It was only Zelda’s secret that she shared with me, as a hawk might share something with a man. But hawks do not share. Scott did not write anything any more that was good until after he knew that she was insane. (186)

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