• Books,  Television,  Writing

    And Now for Something Completely Different

    Season 5 of the TV series Outlander started last weekend. I’m crazy about the show and a long-time reader of the books on which it is based. My husband watches it with me — he likes the show and is good-natured about my outbursts during viewing (we have to pause it a lot and occasionally rewind). Most of my friends gave up on the show in season 3, but even when more of them were watching it, no one was interested in engaging with me in endless recaps, book comparisons, and general prattle. (Surprising, I know.) I have filled the gap with Outlander-related podcasts. Podcasts allow me to listen while…

  • Books,  Writing

    Book Talks With My Boss

    Today during a conversation with my boss about books we enjoyed, she told me about her experience re-reading The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin. She first read it in the 1970s when she was in her mid-twenties, and at that time she thought it was all about gender roles, gender identity and the box it puts us in from the moment of our birth. She recently read it again, in her late fifties, and had a different experience. While she loved the book both times, the second time she realized it was clearly a book about diplomacy; about the politics involved as the citizens of Winter…

  • Books

    Talk to publishers! See your face in a comic (maybe)!

    I have nothing to do with this, but I think it is really cool and I want to tell everyone I know about it: My favorite web comic, Unshelved, is asking its readers to answer the question, "What do you wish publishers knew?" Then they'll make a comic out of the answers and publish it at Book Expo America. The deadline is Feb. 16th. Read all about it here.