Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

  Anne Tyler’s opening line: “Kate Battista was gardening out back when she heard the telephone ring in the kitchen.” My opening line: The third book in the Hogarth Shakespeare series is hilarious! Last December when I took on the project to review each retelling...
Bird Brain

Bird Brain

  Birds were nesting inside the two ‘O’s of COOPER’S HARDWARE. I could see the mother bird fly in and out, she fluttered from one ‘O’ to the other—sticks and feathers and leaves occasionally spilling out with her back-and-forth movements. I couldn’t see details...
Inclusivity

Inclusivity

    This evening felt like childhood and church and Bacchanalia. I do not try to resolve the contradictions of men with fan fetishes and offers of red wine like holy communion, with the phallic kielbasa that reminds me of my grandparents and eating langos,...
Mexican Standoff

Mexican Standoff

  To celebrate a windfall, Greb invites you to meet him at the Caffe Boho, where he informs you of his intent to blow the money on a month in Mexico. —Come along if you want. My treat. You look up from the legs of the girl at the next table. —When would we leave?...
Thoughts on the California Drought

Thoughts on the California Drought

    sitting here feeling like a used car one part after the other failing me the aroma of fresh brewing coffee wakes my brain cells the drought laughs at the masses teases them with a light drizzle picture of an old lover stares at me from its place on the...