It may take a whole company of people, plus an audience, to birth a play, but the playwright who feels herself to be precarious—a benevolent…
It was sitting on a Florida beach some years ago, reading Rachel Carson’s The Edge of the Sea, that I learned the quartzite sand all around me had once…
by Ann Kjellberg, editor  The meaning of a memorial: an acknowledgment, a rite of mourning, a prompt to conversation, a reminder to history.
by Ann Kjellberg, editor Memorial is liquidated, and other threats to our endangered memories. How history is sheltered like a little flame by people…
The import of animals for the human psyche was recently reaffirmed when my twenty-year-old son dramatically announced: “Basically at this point my life…
1928: ”I believe we are at that interesting moment when the prophet becomes the poet and when prophecy becomes the expressive song, the chant of…
A woman of letters—the phrase suggests simultaneously something stuffy (she is an old-fashioned literary mandarin); something improbable (in Samuel…
The fact that the food and drink take center stage in as short a narrative as James Joyce’s The Dead might strike a reader as rather odd; and yet…
I have back in my hands for a third time, in a third form, one of the most important books of my life. The first I’d borrowed. The second I gave away as…
by Ann Kjellberg, editor A Icelandic tradition of giving books at for the holidays, dating to the privations of wartime, builds in the reading part. In…
One day soon, we won’t need to travel anywhere—or so people like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg would like us to think. In announcing his company’s next…
For some people, the years between when they learn how to read and, say, leave home, consist of reading. To others, that idea is perplexing. I was…