Mar. 20, 2020 - 4:56 pm
When I listened to the audio of Jenny Slate's essay collection, Little Weirds, a couple of months ago, I had no idea it would be so emotionally prescient. I've been a fan of Slate's singularly quirky humor for years, but her brilliant, beautiful and bizarre voice resonated with me in ways I couldn'...
May. 20, 2019 - 12:41 pm
As the last days of school slowly tick down, parents and teens alike are wondering: What are we going to do this summer? As a librarian and an author, I'm happy to shout: read YA!
In case you weren't aware, YA (short for young adult) literature has experienced a massive explosion of popularity in...
Dec. 21, 2018 - 1:57 pm
When someone becomes a new parent, they are often overwhelmed with advice from family, friends and strangers in grocery store check-out lanes. Since giving birth three years ago, my own parenting style has faced many questions and earnest concerns. My grandmother still does not understand why my...
Dec. 15, 2018 - 5:17 pm
It’s nearly the beginning of a new year, and that means it’s time to reflect on the past 12 months. Namely, what were your favorite films of 2018?
As Spirit, SAG, and Globe nominations are rolling in, here are my picks for the year’s stand-outs.
A Quiet Place: In the extremely near future,...
Jul. 19, 2018 - 12:19 pm
The last time I searched for “classic movies” in Netflix I got less than 40 results, and many of the available titles weren’t exactly what I’d consider cinematic masterpieces.The outcome was hardly better when I searched for foreign films. And while Netflix has a decent selection of documentaries,...
Jul. 02, 2018 - 10:31 am
Blue colors the pages of four new picture books in compelling and beautiful ways. In these stories and illustrations, blue is the color of sky and moon, day and night. Notably, it is not really a color associated with sadness here, but rather, one used to express something joyful. Borrowing blue...
Jan. 23, 2018 - 12:14 pm
June Carter was tuning her guitar backstage, and singing "a-ummm" to warm up her vocal chords. She did so based on a recommendation from her friend Elvis Presley, who had been touring with her for several weeks. Elvis was enchanted by the musical stylings of Johnny Cash, and had taught June to warm...
Nov. 08, 2016 - 10:19 am
Storytelling invites understanding. In particular, a real-life narrative, such as a memoir, asks for attention and comprehension. Recently, I enjoyed reading three disparate memoirs, appreciating their interesting information and separate points of view. Tig Notaro, Juan Thompson and Pat Summitt...
Oct. 20, 2016 - 7:13 pm
It’s difficult to think of a filmmaker with quite as polarizing a resume as Brian De Palma. Over the course of nearly half a decade, the writer/director has veered wildly back and forth from breathtaking stylistic heights to bafflingly stale lows.
In the new documentary, aptly titled De Palma, the...
Sep. 15, 2016 - 11:47 am
When it was announced last fall that Gilmore Girls would be returning via Netflix, with four new 90-minute episodes, the jubilation was resounding – pretty impressive for a show that ended nearly a decade ago, and was notoriously snubbed repeatedly for Emmy nominations (as most WB/CW programs were...