In our morning reading: thoughts on Ben Okri’s new novel, an interview with Carmen Maria Machado, and more.
Never A Bridesmaid
by Ashley P. Taylor
To: Laura Weddings June 11
Thanks for your sympathy, Mama. I love you, too!
It’s interesting that you were upset about not being invited to that girl’s wedding, just because you’re more friends with the mother. I’m sorry you felt excluded.
In our morning reading: revisiting the books of Jean Rhys, new writing from Bud Smith, and more.
Morning Bites: Esmé Weijun Wang, Julio César Aguilar’s Poetry, Jonathan Larson on Translation, Nina Katchadourian, and More
In our morning reading: thoughts on Esmé Weijun Wang’s new book, interviews with Susan Choi and Jonathan Larson, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Patrick Chamoiseau, William Boyle Nonfiction, Joseph Scapellato, Michelle Zauner’s Memoir, and More
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on books by Patrick Chamoiseau and Alicia Kopf, new nonfiction by William Boyle, and more.
Morning Bites: Ursula K. Le Guin Poetry, James Baldwin, Deborah Eisenberg Interviewed, Elisa Gabbert, and More
In our morning reading: new poetry by Ursula K. Le Guin, revisiting James Baldwin’s book for younger readers, and much more.
Memory Palace by Ashley P. Taylor Note: All names have been changed. “What’s your necklace?” people often ask me, along with where I’m from and do I have any siblings. It so happens that the gold pendant is where I’m from: Mount Desert Island, Maine (specifically, Bar Harbor). My mom and I each have an island pendant. We got them some time before we moved away, to Kentucky, but I only started wearing mine once I’d left. That was half […]
Pollyanna Problems: On Katharine Butler Hathaway’s The Little Locksmith and the Pitfalls of Excessive Optimism
Pollyanna Problems: On Katharine Butler Hathaway’s The Little Locksmith and the Pitfalls of Excessive Optimism by Ashley P. Taylor I. Two Pollyannas To be “a Pollyanna” is a complicated thing. According to Merriam-Webster, a Pollyanna is “a person characterized by irrepressible optimism and a tendency to find good in everything.” The original Pollyanna, the protagonist in Eleanor H. Porter’s 1913 novel of that name, suffers endless bad luck but copes by playing “the glad game,” which consists of finding reasons […]