Nathan’s Back!

Of course, in my heart, he never really went away. Despite that miserable final season of Castle,  I know he’d land on his feet. And of course he has. For a number of years, the main reason people seemed to visit this site (other than book reviews and shameless self-promotion of my own books, of course) […]

Book in a Minute: Jane Eyre’s Sisters

I know, I know. It’s been a minute. What can I say? New job for me, husband who’s starting up his own new business, shoulder injury, moving — you name it, I’ve got the excuse. I can’t promise a lot more reviews in the future, but this was a fascinating book, so I thought it’d […]

Humanities Are US

Originally posted on Ramona DeFelice Long:
What are the humanities? The humanities are language, literature, law, history, archeology, religion, ethics, art, heritage, traditions. The humanities make us feeling, thinking, creative, caring, compassionate human beings. Without the humanities, we become soulless creatures without a past or future. The National Endowment for the Humanities is the government…

Steamed about STEM

Everything that’s wrong with the over-emphasis on STEM in today’s educational system, in one simple, badly thought-out ad campaign: No, Wells Fargo, being an actor or ballerina is not something you do because you CAN’T be a botanist or engineer. To be a really good dancer, singer, actor or musician takes as much training as […]

Book in a Minute: The Pier Falls

The Pier Falls: And Other Stories by Mark Haddon My rating: 4 of 5 stars Relentlessly dark and disturbing, but so well-written, I kept reading anyway. The first story, “The Pier Falls” is almost Hemingway-like in its straightforward, moment-by-moment description of a freakish tragedy at a beach resort. “The Island” retells the myth of Ariadne […]