Judging a Reader by Her Book Cover

Last winter, while at a ski lodge, I saw a mother in her forties sitting at one of those long tables by herself while her kids were on the slopes. She was hunched over a copy of a book from the Twilight series. This was not itself interesting. What was interesting was how hard she … Continue reading

Love, Misery, and the Stars in the Sky

If on a winter’s night a traveler is taking shape much like Calvino’s Invisible Cities, itself a riff on Scheherazade and the 1001 Nights. In all of these books there is a frame story that carries along through a series of vignettes.  In traveler, the frame story is that “You” the reader have begun one book only … Continue reading