Opening Day Delight

Obviously, for my daily essay on a delight, yesterday I wrote about Opening Day: Opening Day! What a delight! The sun was shining. We opened the windows. We ate peanuts and drank beer. Why isn’t Opening Day a national holiday? So much better than … [Read more...]

Madison Monday: Book Release

It’s been two weeks now since SHE/HE/THEY/ME was released. Two weeks since the big party at Village Lights Bookstore (Thank you everyone who came out to see me and talk and listen and bring me gin and tonic, etc. and to Nathan, Anne, Sean and Chelsea … [Read more...]

Ross Gay’s Book of Delights

I’ve been reading Ross Gay’s new essay collection, A Book of Delights and I can’t recommend it enough. Gay decided to start writing a small essay about some delight every day for a year, starting on his birthday. This collection is the result. Gay … [Read more...]

Madison Monday: Six Courses

Caprese-style bruschetta Coming back from Paris wasn’t easy. As a friend said, you can leave Paris, but Paris never leaves you. I haven’t written much about going to Paris because I’m afraid to wrap words around it. It feels impossible. For a … [Read more...]

Writing a novel (yes, another) and the beauty of trivia night

I recently discovered trivia night at one of our local bars in town and the timing couldn’t be better. Many years ago, I read an essay by Orhan Pamuk, a Turkish writer. He talked about the loneliness of the writer’s life. In the end, he said, you … [Read more...]

Madison Monday: Stained-glass windows

Living in an old house in downtown Madison is a porous sort of way to live. The boundaries between you and the rest of the world are leaky. The outside seeps in and your inside drifts out. This can be good or bad. It’s bad when the screaming argument … [Read more...]

She/He/They/Me Cover Reveal and Dear Mr. Henshaw

Yesterday I got to share the amazing cover for SHE/HE/THEY/ME with the world. It is a thing of beauty! And, both the title and the subtitle rhyme, which makes me so, so happy. Like, verifiably happy. I read once that the sound of an alliteration … [Read more...]

Mrs. Hendrickson and the flower poem

In about a year, my book—SHE/HE/THEY/ME—will be out in the world. It seems like a long time to wait, but I know it’ll go fast. I recently sat down to start writing the acknowledgements and realized it was the sort of thing that could go on for … [Read more...]

Madison Monday: Key West edition

Happy Monday from Key West, where the sun is shining and I am on my second day of two weeks in paradise. Seriously. Two whole weeks! This may be the best idea I’ve ever had. Taking the shuttle from the airport, I rode in with a couple who were … [Read more...]

Madison Monday: The List, 2018

I looked back through old Madison Monday posts this afternoon, trying to find some ideas for what to write about. There are a surprising number of posts with ‘winter’ or ‘snow’ or ‘cold’ in the title. I can only presume this is because being mostly … [Read more...]