I’ve got a multi-million dollar book swap app idea! Are you ready? Here it goes! Okay, so it’s not original to me. Goodreads.com actually did it first, and it was great, but then they stopped doing it, and I was sad. I used it a few times, sent several books, ordered several more, the most it ever cost you was the postage. You earned credits for every book you sent away at no cost to you. Earn ten credits, and you don’t even have to pay the postage on the next book you acquire. That’s right! Give away ten books you don’t want anymore, and you can get one book you really do want, yours to keep, absolutely free! Continue reading →
There is a guy across the hall who has hired a laundry service. At night, he leaves a bag of laundry outside his office. In the morning, there are cleaned and pressed shirts hanging from the door, as if by magic. Don’t get me wrong, if I had money to burn, I would be all about fresh pressed shirts that I didn’t have to launder or iron. But if I had that kind of surplus, there are other things I would do first. Continue reading →
Netflix is winning, or at least it seems that way sometimes. As of this morning, I am 3 books behind schedule in my Goodreads reading challenge. I’ve only set a goal of 65 this year, as my work schedule and other time demands make attempting to read any more uncomfortable, if not impossible. But now I have discovered a new obstacle. Continue reading →
Everyone knows someone who struggles with mental illness. Maybe they don’t even know it. But when it’s a member of your immediate family, it is hard to miss. And it affects each member of that family in a different way. Maybe we inherit those traits. Maybe we feel guilt. Maybe we mourn the fact that we can’t do more. Maybe we ignore. Maybe we act out, in anger, fear, or desperation. Continue reading →
Summer is a great time to get started on that stack of books that you’ve meant to tackle for some time; between sunning by the pool, jet-setting all over the world and just having a break to finally breathe from the mayhem of everyday, non-summer life (for the lucky ones, that is), this list is your answer to breaking out of reality and getting lost in some great prose.
What is connotation? Recently I was giving a presentation, and I talked about a word’s connotation. “Traditionally, for many, doubt has a negative connotation.” Someone interrupted me mid-sentence, in front of everyone, “uh, I think you mean denotation.” Um, excuse me, but I am a lawyer, and I was an English major before that, and an avid reader and word lover/enthusiast always, and I believe I know the difference between connotation and denotation better than you do, thank you very much. Also, even if you were right (which you’re not), it’s extremely rude to interrupt someone and try to make them look stupid in front of a group. And it’s especially obnoxious if you’re also wrong. But then, of course, I went straight home and looked up both denotation and connotation in the dictionary, and this is what I discovered: Continue reading →
By now we’ve all read or seen or heard about The New York Times article skewering all-male book clubs. These groups, consisting entirely and exclusively of men, purportedly get together and do nothing but read books by men about men. And, we can only assume from the context, also drink whiskey and tell sexist jokes and reminisce about the good old pre-women’s suffrage days. Whether this is genuinely newsworthy or just calculated clickbait, I’m not sure, but one thing is certain; the corresponding outrage is real. Continue reading →