“Those who build walls are their own prisoners. I’m going to go fulfill my proper function in the social organism. I’m going to go unbuild walls.” — Ursula K. Le Guin, From The Dispossessed The review of a book about mental illness in the Brevity blog this morning reminds me about American obsession with competition and our [...]


I discovered yesterday that Tin House is closing after this month's issue. I already knew about Glimmer Train, Shimmer, and the end of Apex except as a publisher of books. These were all excellent publications. The New York Times is only writing about Tin House, because the founding editors are in New York? Sometimes I [...]


My computer screen went all magenta last Friday and is being (hopefully) repaired. Maybe by the weekend—they said maybe earlier, but I think it may have died at a mere six months and two days, an infant laptop still under warranty. It has been flakey since I first opened it, and one son shrugs and [...]