Selfish, shallow, and self-absorbed : sixteen writers on the decision not to have kids edited by Meghan Daum
essays / nonfiction

Selfish, shallow, and self-absorbed : sixteen writers on the decision not to have kids edited by Meghan Daum

Some of the essays in Selfish were really good. Geoff Dryer’s essay was hilarious. Others were sort of sad. Lots of divorces and bad childhoods.  I can’t say I related to a lot of them but it was interesting to read the reasons people had for making the same decision I made not to have … Continue reading

Agorafabulous!: Dispatches from My Bedroom by Sara Benincasa
essays / memoir / nonfiction

Agorafabulous!: Dispatches from My Bedroom by Sara Benincasa

I had mixed feelings about Agorafabulous!. On one hand, it was fascinating to read about agoraphobia, on the other I felt like she was trying too hard to be funny at times and occasionally was slightly offensive. For example, she’d refer to people’s race, sexuality or ethnicity all the time even when it didn’t matter. It … Continue reading

I Blame Dennis Hopper: And Other Stories from a Life Lived In and Out of the Movies by Illeana Douglas
essays / memoir / nonfiction

I Blame Dennis Hopper: And Other Stories from a Life Lived In and Out of the Movies by Illeana Douglas

I’ve been a big fan of Illeana Douglas’ work for a long time so I was excited when this finally came in for me at the library. I Blame Dennis Hopper is certainly an intriguing title so luckily she starts off with a chapter with an explanation of why, exactly, she blames Dennis Hopper.* She has good … Continue reading