“It is dangerous and illegal to walk on the highway.”
—Quote from the Michigan driver’s ed manual 
I grew up in Detroit, Motor City, and so my delight in carless transportation has always seemed a bit perverse. But anybody who is a writer knows the feeling. What we do might not be dangerous or illegal, but it can sometimes look a little crazy from the outside.

Enough Said? Maybe not.

People always talk to me on the plane, except last night. I sat in the middle and ate the roast beef sandwich I’d stuffed into my messenger bag. Then I leaned back, closed my eyes, and imagined no one...

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It’s Good To Be . . .

In Paul Auster’s latest memoir, Department of the Interior, he says, “There is nothing better than being six years old, six is far and away the best age anyone can be. You remember thinking this as...

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You say linger-ay, I say linger-ee

  I hate shopping. I hate confronting the difference between what a beautiful dress looks like on a hanger and on my body. I hate making decisions. (Another black dress? Or am I ready to show on the...

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Merguez

We’re in Paris—my husband, daughter, and I—for a few weeks. We’ve come so James can work on security-sensitive data that can only be accessed by his thumbprint. We’ve rented an apartment for all...

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Links to New Publications

It’s been a while since I posted links on my blog to my new publications. Below are some of my recent stories, essays, reviews, and interviews, published in Pleaides, The  Nervous Breakdown, and Fiction...

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What I’m Working On . . . My Stop on...

  Fellow Virginia writer Mark Meier asked me to participate in a “blog tour.” The idea is for a bunch of writers to take turns answering questions about what we are working on. You...

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