These heavy boots are not made for walking – meeting Oskar Schell …

These heavy boots are not made for walking – meeting Oskar Schell …

I mentioned it before, Wonderguy gave me Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer as another part of our ongoing series "Goin' to New York". At first I was skeptical because I fear the child protagonist: many authors I read (Brothers Grimm, anyone?) use child characters to teach their readers a lesson, and the last [...]

Reading: Miriam Toews “All my puny sorrows”

Reading: Miriam Toews “All my puny sorrows”

  I finished Toews’ book yesterday and I still have Elf and Yoli with me, somehow. I laughed a lot; I cried several times. This is a story about mental illness, surviving, and letting someone go. This is a story about suicide and survival, about intentionally leaving this world, even though there would be no [...]

“You? Never! Stop kiddin’ me!” – Dark hours, days & moments…

“You? Never! Stop kiddin’ me!” – Dark hours, days & moments…

A lot of people who don’t know me well think that I’m confident, outgoing, and funny. I can be all of this with the right people. I can pretend to be this assumed person with a) the wrong people, b) at the wrong time, c) at the wrong place, d) b) a sufficient amount of [...]