On The Docket: Converts, Jurists, Dystopia, and Lizzie Borden, Maybe

In a previous post, I mentioned that I like to have multiple books going at once. Usually there’s a pretty steady rotation, but I finished up everything I was reading over the weekend, so I had to start a whole new slate this week. Here’s what’s up: G. Willow Wilson is the immensely talented author […]

On The Meaning and Usage of the Word “Obviously:” A Slightly Unhinged Rant

Words have meanings. I know, this is a shock. “Obviously” is one of those “words” with a thing called a “meaning.” It’s meaning is this: See that? Something that is obvious is self-evident. Apparent. Unmissable. The thing is, if something is genuinely obvious, YOU DON’T NEED TO STATE IT. BECAUSE IT IS OBVIOUS. If you […]

Ordinary Things Are Extraordinary, Except When They’re Not

Death. Death is an exceedingly ordinary event. It is a necessary part of the ecology of our planet; without it, the birth of new life would be untenable. In the aggregate, death is normal, understandable, expected, reliable, useful. At an individual level, it is the opposite of all those things. Fiercely opposite. Every person’s loss of […]