Most narrative poetry does not fully articulate a story so much as construct its scaffolding and allude to its content with imagery and lyricism. Continue reading What is (the Point of) Narrative Poetry?
According to the Pew Research Center, the average American only reads four books in a year, and 27 percent of us read none at all. I came across these stats a few weeks ago and felt immediately burdened by a payload of poopy shame, because my numbers aren’t exactly ahead of the pack. But then I remembered Gus Van Sant’s fictional psychotherapist telling poor Will … Continue reading How to Read a Book, According to Stock Photos
There are a few songs on every album that we love less. Like middle children or unsalted fries or those blanched days between winter and spring, they lack a certain quality that is difficult to define but enough to cost our affection. In the age of internet radio, the problem is exacerbated. Most of the songs we hear are orphaned from their albums—from the stories … Continue reading We All Got a Little Bit of Ho In Us
You wouldn’t think an electric “ATV” powered by a 6-volt battery and designed for a toddler would generate a lot of noise pollution, but you are wrong. The same way you were wrong when you and your wife of less-than-a-year thought her menstrual cycle was near the end, when in reality, it was half-way through, and she was ovulating, and you accidentally created a human … Continue reading How to Write While a Toddler Drives an ATV Through Your Living Room