The New York Times: Do we mistake inaccessibility for brilliance?

In this fascinating article from The New York Times, writer Zoe Heller mentions that she feels a certain guilt about starting – and not finishing – David Foster Russell’s Infinite Jest. Have you experienced that guilt? (I say this as someone who has started James Joyce’s Ulysses several times…and never got past p152 before losing … More The New York Times: Do we mistake inaccessibility for brilliance?

Short Fiction: How Soon Is Now? Pt2 by Michelle Foster

Part Two I was aware of a presence as I awoke.  A comforting atmosphere that reminded me of my mother. The smell of soap and water.  Freshly laundered cotton.  I was far too comfortable to be in my bunk at the dorm.  I opened my eyes slowly, not wanting the illusion to disappear.  My eyes … More Short Fiction: How Soon Is Now? Pt2 by Michelle Foster

Short Fiction: How Soon Is Now? Pt 1 by Michelle Foster

  How Soon is Now? ‘…the essential significance of a pea is not, that I know, greatly affected by the fact that it lies in a row of similar peas. But each swing of the pendulum owes the extent of its movement to the previous swing.’ John William Dunne, An Experiment with Time     … More Short Fiction: How Soon Is Now? Pt 1 by Michelle Foster

Women Writers You Should Know About #4 Nadezhda Teffi

Nadezhda Teffi “Samosov stood there gloomily, watching the deacon with the incense and thinking, ‘Go on, swing that incense, swing that incense! Think you can swing yourself into a bishopric? Some hope!”” A Radiant Easter, Nadezhda Teffi Nadezhda Alexandrovna Lokhvitskaya known as Nadezhda Teffi was a Russian humorist writer. She was born on the 21 … More Women Writers You Should Know About #4 Nadezhda Teffi

J.W. Dunne: dreaming the future

John William Dunne (1875-1949) was an Irish engineer and airplane designer who, in 1927, posited a theory that dreams are precognitive.  This theory came of personal study and of gathering of accounts from others.  He published his findings in An Experiment in Time (1927). https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/352047.An_Experiment_with_Time https://dunnefuture.wordpress.com/ Dunne and his influence are the subjects of a … More J.W. Dunne: dreaming the future

Feminist club sparks conversation about everyday sexism in Nigeria

Feminist club sparks conversation about everyday sexism in Nigeria by WITW STAFF Via Women in the World A book club in the Nigerian capital of Abuja recently sparked an international conversation about the sexism women face every day in Nigeria. http://nytlive.nytimes.com/womenintheworld/2015/07/05/feminist-club-sparks-conversation-about-everyday-sexism-in-nigeria/