My Daily Bread

(n) the stuff that gets me by

I like things. All sorts of things. Novels and short stories and poems and plays. Video games. Tiramisu. You (probably). Cats!

This is a place where I write about these things. Mostly for fun. But also because I want to improve how I talk about the things I love.*

*Content warning: a lot of this stays light. But I’m also Me, so I also talk about things like eating disorders and alcohol abuse and suicidal ideation. Not super often, but it’s there. Just wanted to give you a heads up.

July 26th

On Vladimir Nabokov’s Laughter in the Dark and Cormac McCarthy’s The Orchard Keeper I spent much of my childhood using rotting apples to knock unripe apples from the trees in my grandmother’s backyard. My cousins and I—sixteen of us, in all—would surround that trio of gray-barked ancients, bare-chested, redolent of grass clippings and chlorine. OurContinue reading “July 26th”

July 19th

On Julian Barnes’s The Sense of an Ending, C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters, and Carmen Maria Machado’s Her Body and Other Parties I’ve been listening to a lot of Car Seat Headrest lately, and I’ve landed on two theories as to why. The first is that Will Toledo, the band’s (now thirty-something!) frontman, is aContinue reading “July 19th”

July 13th

On Jonathan Lethem’s Dissident Gardens and Jenny Offill’s Dept. of Speculation Dissident Gardens, Jonathan Lethem’s 2013 lament of the death of American communism, did its best to de-convert me. For the first two-thirds, I suffered through erudite slang of the guiltiest sort, Pynchonesque runs of Brooklynisms and Jewish jargon, desperate for a reason to care.Continue reading “July 13th”

July 6th

July 6th: On Emily Fridlund’s History of Wolves and Stephen King’s The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon By the end of the first chapter of History of Wolves, it’s obvious (or so we believe) what the story’s about. The setting: a backwoods town in northern Minnesota in which nothing much at all occurs. Mr. GriersonContinue reading “July 6th”

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