Book Recommendation (Not a Review)

If you’ve ever questioned whether people who take advantage of others are really in control, there’s a short story I’d like to recommend. The Grownup by Gillian Flynn — author of Gone Girl — raises those questions. I won’t say anything else about the story, so you can read it fresh.  It’s available in a $9.99 standalone hardcover edition and a much less expensive e-book. Just one word of advice:  Don’t read this story at night. Continue reading Book Recommendation (Not a Review)

Rilke’s The Panther

HIS VISION, FROM THE CONSTANTLY PASSING BARS, HAS GROWN SO WEARY THAT IT CANNOT HOLD ANYTHING ELSE.  IT SEEMS TO HIM THERE ARE A THOUSAND BARS, AND BEHIND THE BARS, NO WORLD.   AS HE PACES IN CRAMPED CIRCLES, OVER AND OVER, THE MOVEMENT OF HIS POWERFUL SOFT STRIDES IS LIKE A RITUAL DANCE AROUND A CENTER IN WHICH A MIGHTY WILL STANDS PARALYZED.   ONLY AT TIMES, THE CURTAIN OF THE PUPILS LIFTS, QUIETLY–.  AN IMAGE INTERS IN, RUSHES DOWN THROUGH THE TENSED, ARRESTED MUSCLES, PLUNGES INTO THE HEART AND IS GONE.   RAINER MARIA RILKE,  THE PANTHER Continue reading Rilke’s The Panther

Another Word On Shirley Jackson’s Work

I found this post today, but it’s seven years old.  If you’ve read Shirley Jackson’s stories — or you’re curious and want to start — this essay by Robert Armitage offers a good introduction. https://www.nypl.org/blog/2009/12/01/some-thoughts-shirley-jackson?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=referral Continue reading Another Word On Shirley Jackson’s Work