Losing Everything: Jenny Offill’s “Dept. of Speculation”

Dept of SpeculationWhat does it feel like to lose what matters most? It feels like life is askant, disoriented, even though you are surrounded by friends, children, and meaningful work. That’s why Jenny Offill’s Dept of Speculation (Vintage, 2014) works. Continue reading


George R. R. Martin on Reading

G R R MartinThe love of reading is a given among anyone who has finished all five (current) books of Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire. While Tyrion’s love for history and Samwell Tarly’s fascination with wisdom may be obvious, Martin slips a lovely passage on books and reading into a conversation between Bran and Jojen in A Dance with Dragons (pg. 452): Continue reading