>Poetry plug

>TWU professor Sylvia Vardell and poet Janet Wong have collaborated to bring us PoetryTagTime, an ebook compilation of new poems for children. With Joyce Sidman, X.J Kennedy, and Jane Yolen among the thirty poets included, the organizing principle of the book is neat, with each poet “tagging” the next to write a poem which in […]

>The dangers of anecdotal research

>So this guy is estimating that Amazon has sold half a million Kindles. I have seen just two people, one months ago and one today, using them in public. Considering how many hours I spend on a subway, bus, train or plane I thought I would see many more, and I do look. So where […]

>I’m-a the Most Happy Fella

>Richard and I are off to Napa today for the wedding of his adorable son Dorian to the lovely Julie, so I won’t be posting for a week or so. Kitty tells me she’ll keep you informed of any especially juicy gossip. Plenty of reading is coming along–the last quarter of Middlemarch, Ha Jin’s A […]

>Tugging on the leash

>Unless there’s an abandoned chicken bone at stake, Buster has never been one for much straining at the leash. But where he used to not mind being thus tethered, I’m finding that he, at sixteen or so (we’ll never know for sure), seems to welcome the security. He now blinks and stumbles in the morning […]