Girls in literature are a complicated bunch. Some of our oldest stories—from Eve in the Bible to Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty in fairy tales—cast girls in a bad light, as weak, submissive, romantic, or fata. . .
This was a hard read for me. I don’t mean hard in the brain-taxing Hilary Mantel sense. Rather, Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane forced me to face some pretty tough questions, questions that are even, dare I say, existential: W. . .
It seems fitting to honor Mansfield today, after last week’s Snail post extolling the virtues of reading short stories. Katherine Mansfield, a New Zealand native who eventually mad. . .
I get this question a lot: How do you have time to read? The answer is, sometimes I don’t. Like you, I have to work, go to meetings, take my kids to their activities and volunteer at their schools, make sure there. . .
The snail family has a new member: Zospeum tholussum, a gorgeous subterranean snail found in one of the deepest caves in the world, 3,000 feet below ground in the Lukina Jama–Trojama cave system in Croatia. This cave-d. . .
For the past couple of years, my mother has been writing her life story. What started for her as a diversion—taking a continuing-ed class at our local library called “A Legacy of Your Life”—has turned into a full-fledged mission. It began as a. . .