Independence Day and NYC Trip Report

Happy Fourth of July! Some good news to share: Starting next month I’ll be joining the ranks of the (fully and gainfully) employed. I’ve accepted an offer from a federal government agency and will be going back into my old line of work as a program analyst (subject, of course, to background checks and paperwork,Continue reading “Independence Day and NYC Trip Report”

Happy 101 Sweet Friends

Chanson of Letters from a Broad has memed me. I am flattered to be memed, plus meming people back is much easier than thinking of a blog post on my own, so here goes. (For opaque reasons, the meme is called “Happy 101 Sweet Friends,” hence the title of my post.) The instructions are: List 10Continue reading “Happy 101 Sweet Friends”

More on the Great (Ex)Mormon Novel

Back in January, I wrote a bit about the question of whether the Great (Ex)Mormon Novel had been or would be written, and what it might look like. And now just recently, Slate has an article by the poetry editor of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought that explores some similar questions and reviews aContinue reading “More on the Great (Ex)Mormon Novel”

Postcard from Columbus, OH: Blind Spots

Amandine and I are in Columbus, OH, this weekend visiting friends. It has been a pretty low-key visit so far, mostly just hanging out, chasing Amandine around, eating, and reading. I figured I might as well take advantage of not having a job yet to get a little traveling in before I start work. TheContinue reading “Postcard from Columbus, OH: Blind Spots”

A Hodgepodge Pastiche of Miscellany

Last night I finally finished reading William Boyd’s Any Human Heart, which I’d been working at for a while (it was one of those tragic cases where I was halfway through the book when my library renewals ran out and I had to return it, and was too sheepish to turn around and special-request itContinue reading “A Hodgepodge Pastiche of Miscellany”

Is Your Toddler Swearing Like A Sailor?

If, like me, you’ve got a child who’s learning to talk, you may occasionally hear some shocking things coming out of his or her mouth. Rest assured, these are not what they sound like. Here is a handy decoder chart to set your mind at ease: Sounds Like Means THE F-WORD “Fork.” Or maybe “Frog.”Continue reading “Is Your Toddler Swearing Like A Sailor?”

When Good Authors Write Bad Sentences

A 5-hour plane ride with a two-and-a-half-year-old, if you’ve never tried it, is kind of an Olympics-level parenting event, and I’m still recovering. So forgive me if this post lacks the normal verve and panache due to mental and physical exhaustion. The orgy of cultural consumption has continued unabated since my last post. I readContinue reading “When Good Authors Write Bad Sentences”