This Holy Life – A Review of Mary Oliver’s Dog Songs

Dear Anita, I do not believe in God, but I do believe this life is holy. This is a difficult sentiment to express to the devout. My words fail me. I think maybe this is what poets are for. Their words sing! And not just a simple melody, an often elaborate harmony that makes the…

The Horror of the Infinite – A Review of Blake Crouch’s Dark Matter

Dear Anita, Before he retired, my father was a scientist, specifically, a molecular biologist. I spent a large part of my childhood wandering university hallways splattered with biohazard stickers and fighting the urge to pull the cord on the tall, green emergency showers. Like most scientists, my father was obsessed with the workings of the…

On Good Pain – A Review of Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing

Dear Anita, I find I often shy away from difficult books, sad books. Things that are typically classified as “literary fiction.” I don’t know. I guess I just feel that life is hard enough as it is, why add to the struggle? Recently a member of my book club suggested that we read Jesmyn Ward’s…