Language, Poetry, Writing

A Matrix Poem

Lately, I've been playing around with creating a poem that reads two ways. All poems, of course, can be understood in multiple ways, but I wanted one with words that could actually be read in two different orders--and make just as much sense in each. Early on, I came up with the idea of arranging the… Continue reading A Matrix Poem

Daily Life, psychology

Washing Dishes

Some days in my life are so full it feels like I'll never get everything done if I don't use every spare second. If the cornbread muffins are going to take 12 minutes to cook, that's 12 minutes I can spend grading papers. And if one of those papers is taking a long time to… Continue reading Washing Dishes


A Gossiper of the Imaginary

"When you're a novelist, you're a gossiper of the imaginary." -Jane Smiley, winner of the Pulitzer Prize It's been awhile since I've written any fiction. Sometimes I think I'm too analytical to do a good job of it. I am, after all, a philosopher by training, and philosophy requires thinking very systematically, and favoring rigor… Continue reading A Gossiper of the Imaginary

Book Reviews, Homesteading

The New Domesticity

I began Emily Matchar's Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity with excitement. Matchar's book, released in May 2013, reports on the "generation of smart, highly educated young people [who] are spending their time knitting, canning jam, baking cupcakes, gardening, and more (and blogging about it, of course)." As the jacket copy says, "Some are… Continue reading The New Domesticity