Custom guitar picks

I need new business cards for like a year now, and I am definitely going to get on top of that today, because I am SUPER organized and have my priorities straight ALWAYS. But meanwhile a friend told me about Build A Pick, where you can upload your own design and text and get it …

Life Wisdom

Homework-for-Parents is one of my pet peeves. To be honest, I tend to phone it in — if I remember to do it at all. Therefore, I am both surprised and impressed with my last-year self for evidently taking this Life Wisdom assignment so seriously– and I’m blown away by what I wrote! I just …

For Talk Talk fans

Go here to find my latest contribution to the fabulous album cover website Cover Our Tracks (founded by my BFF, the noted and underrated cultural critic Loring Kemp, who is fabulous). At Loring’s behest I interviewed James Marsh, who is a wonderfully thoughtful artist and an inspired and inspiring storyteller. It was one of those …

More About Go-Between

Lisa Brackmann’s Go-Between comes out July 5 and I am so excited. It’s the sequel to Getaway, which I totally loved, and I’ll wait here while you go pre-order it. When I read Lisa Brackmann’s books I always think of this thing Frances McDormand reportedly said to some director or other: “You have to light me like …

Starred Review for Bryn Greenwood!

Just had to link to this starred Kirkus Review for Bryn Greenwood’s All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, which comes out August 9. Bryn is an amazing writer who has been a super supportive friend to me throughout my own writing journey (she seriously found about ten typos in my synopsis just this past Monday). Her …

Tales of a Fourth-Grade Field Trip

Scene: Thursday morning, 5am. Fixing lunch, grabbing supplies, finding presentable clothes because I’m going along on the 4th grade field trip to Philly. At the last minute I remember I need something to read on the bus. I grab the slimmest book I see: The Bridge of San Luis Rey. Mind summarily blown. What even …