Auditory Memory Posts

January 1 / blog

My very favorite books I read in 2019 were a mixture of fiction and nonfiction. My top 5:

  • The Break by Katherena Vermette
  • This. This. This. Is Love. Love. Love by Jennifer Wortman
  • Trampoline by Robert Gipe
  • The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays by Esme Weijun Wang
  • Heavy by Kiese Laymon

Read the PostI read 83 books in 2019 and here are their facts

March 18 / blog
February 12 / Traveling

Today (February 2019) I was cleaning out some digital files and came across this digest I kept of a road trip my family took, driving from Denver to White Stone, Virginia, the summer of 2016, to meet up with a…

Read the PostDigest – Virginia road trip, 2016

May 11 / blog
January 15 / 1990s

This morning, I learned from I Will Dare that Dolores O’Riordan, the voice of the band the Cranberries, has died. I had heard the Cranberries here and there, and then I saw them open for The The in 1993. (September 19,…

Read the PostLingering

November 18 / blog

Somehow, I manage to be simultaneously a bit of a Pollyanna and a bitter realist. One might call the philosophy that has allowed me to keep my equanimity around the election “Disaster Zen.” What is behind my adoption of Disaster…

Read the PostLit Counts: Disaster Zen for Writers

November 14 / blog

So now I think I’m funny, apparently. It might be too soon, but if you don’t laugh, you’ll cry, right? 9. Count Olaf inspired the Gothic Archies to write an entire album about him, but Donald Trump has to do his own…

Read the PostCount Olaf Beats Donald Trump, Bigly

November 9 / blog

On this day after the US election, my Facebook feed is full of my friends’ grief. They’re not grieving about a candidate — not really. They are grieving because they have to look their crying children in the eyes and…

Read the PostPost-election: ‘My culture is punk rock’