Before mercury, my blood used to fill thermometers.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

"What we need is to use what we have."

I've got some news!

My editors at work sent my article about Mad Men and this season's similarities to the work of Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey/Gosford Park) to the Daily Beast! I don't know if anything will come of it, but that's such a vote of confidence in my work. That made me feel wonderful. Also wonderful: PolicyMic is taking it — !

Meredith Turits recommended my short story "May Two People Breathe in a Real Room" from Hobart at Bustle's "5 Short Stories to Get Lost in This Weekend." !!! This is the greatest honor and surprise! Bustle has a dedicated "books" section, so I am ecstatic to have had this brought to my attention.

Illustration by Aamon Perry, Doodletillomega

My first contribution to Today's the Day Harrisburg is here! There will be more. Here, I quote Susan Sontag (that's what the title of this post is, too) and discuss the human role in a city's sustainability. Today's the Day is getting a design overhaul soon and I am freaking out; I can't wait to see it. So, watch that space.

I know it was just here, but my fury about Terry Castle's irresponsible anti-Plath screed in the New York Review of Books has received a lot of compassionate, thoughtful responses. I'm so glad other people took notice of what a weird act of violence it is. It also gave me the valuable chance to tell Elizabeth Winder, author of Pain, Parties, Work, that she wrote the Plath bio that YOU MUST READ, that is fun and genuinely informative, and now I'm telling you, reader, to check that out.

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