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.

Everything Else (December)

On Jonathan Lethem’s Chronic City The third time I shared a section of Chronic City with my partner, I realized I was being played. Not by her—unlike that of any character in the novel, our trust is automatic, implicit, complete—but by Lethem himself. Up to this point, Janice Trumbull, our narrator’s apparent fiancée, has writtenContinue reading “Everything Else (December)”

October 20th

On Emily Mortgenstern’s The Night Circus, Paul Cunningham’s The House of the Tree of Sores, and Josh Malerman’s Bird Box The first comparison that comes to mind to Emily Mortgenstern’s The Night Circus isn’t a favorable one. The only book in the past to be recommended to me as frequently (and fervently) as The NightContinue reading “October 20th”

October 7th

On Brian Barker’s Vanishing Acts, Carmen Maria Machado’s In the Dream House, and E.M. Cioran’s All Gall Is Divided The more I write, the more I find myself distrustful of words. Take, for instance, the previous sentence, within which I might have easily substituted “distrusting” for “distrustful of.” Or “furious at” for that. Or “disappointedContinue reading “October 7th”

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