Adventures in (Post) Gradland

Thoughts on life after the PhD

The Suffering Other: Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being

Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being moves back and forth between a remote island in British Columbia and the urban blight of Tokyo, telling a story so heartbreaking … Continue reading

March 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Best of 2013

Yeah, I’m way late with my “best of” list, but I’m usually reading these well into February. Incidentally, I think my favorite “best and worst of” list so far is … Continue reading

January 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Recent Reads

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