The Human Library

The Human Library

In Stoppard’s Arcadia, a young girl asks her tutor how he can bear the thought of the destruction of the library at Alexandria. He consoles her by saying that everything always returns in one form or another. Once we’ve read a book its contents become part of us in the same way our own experience [...]

The Magic of Stories

The Magic of Stories

I write because I love stories. That’s how I enter the world – through telling anecdotes and yarns and by reading others’ stories. Stories let us see ourselves, help us solve our problems, distract us from our problems, make us cry or laugh out loud. I honed my craft by teaching community college students who [...]

Open the Gate

Open the Gate

Are you reading something fun now? Something instructive? Or not at all? With the instant distractions of TV, Facebook, and Twitter, as well as the old standby, daydreaming, sometimes entering a new book is daunting, like scaling a fence. But the fence isn’t high. When we do we enter a new terrain. Go ahead. Open [...]

Connections

Connections

Sorry for starting on just an esoteric note, but here it is. Derrida said that writing precedes speech as the primary language mode, and of the face of it, this seems silly. We hear our parents coo at us before we can even imagine what a letter is. But in our world of social media [...]