Adventures in (Post) Gradland

Thoughts on life after the PhD

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Between 1) a Golden Week trip to Hawaii that consisted of little more than eating and laying around in beautiful surroundings reading books and 2) the occasional long train ride, … Continue reading

May 20, 2013 · 2 Comments

(Culinary) Travels in Jerusalem

The wonderful Simone Cassidy (who writes a very entertaining and very informative blog about volunteering in PNG) recently gave me this book. It took over the kitchen in a matter … Continue reading

February 10, 2013 · 1 Comment

Stuff that happened in 2012

I’m a sucker for end-of-year lists. Probably because I have trouble remembering books, music, movies, etc. that happened before August. And while I certainly haven’t read / seen / listened … Continue reading

December 24, 2012 · 3 Comments

The Limits of Humanity: Colin Dickey’s Afterlives of the Saints

  My formal religious education ended at age 6, when I moved from an Episcopal kindergarten into a secular elementary school. I remember an early childhood that included weekly church … Continue reading

August 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

Rogue Trains

…if there were no wheels percussing the iron road, all human life would wink instantly out. Because such noises are the snoring, the sleep-breathing of a railsea world, & it … Continue reading

July 16, 2012 · 3 Comments

So I read a grand total of two romance novels…

…and I’m here to offer my comprehensive, well-informed assessment of the entire genre. But first a bit of background. I picked up a few romance novels as a teenager, mostly … Continue reading

June 22, 2012 · 2 Comments

March Was Made of Yarn

(Thank you very much to Kathryn at Contemporary Japanese Literature, who introduced me to this collection–you can read her review of March Was Made of Yarn here.) “In an emergency … Continue reading

March 29, 2012 · Leave a comment

Anne McCaffrey, 1926-2011

I wanted to be Menolly. Or at least I longed for a few pet fire lizards to call my own. Menolly was braver than I ever felt as a teenager–after … Continue reading

November 24, 2011 · Leave a comment

Of language and Language: China Mieville’s Embassytown

Readers who’ve been waiting for China Mieville to return to the levels of brilliance he displayed in Perdido Street Station and The Scar can rejoice. Embassytown may be his best … Continue reading

October 29, 2011 · 4 Comments

Books on Japan That Kind of Suck

It’s amazing how people think they can understand an entire country just by reading a book about it. I certainly felt that way at one time. Before moving to Japan … Continue reading

July 15, 2011 · 7 Comments