Aritzia Magazine's 28th issue
went live today and it contains a review of Lorrie Moore's new short-story collection, BARK, and two movie reviews by yours truly. One, The Standbys
, is a documentary about Broadway standbys, and the other, The Pretty One
, is a quirky romantic comedy starring Zoe Kazan and The New Girl
's Jake Johnson.
In further news, have you heard of this new online grammar checker, Grammarly? In addition to proof-reading they even offer a free plagiarism checker
for when you think you're being brilliant but it's just some witty remark by Mark Twain that's been buried in the depths of your unconscious since your undergraduate days. [Sponsored post]
Thrilled about my new monthly column with The Daily Beast on forgotten treasures - books that are out of print, recently reissued, generally overlooked.
The first piece is about Two Roads to Dodge City
, a collection of letters between father-and-son Ben and Nigel Nicolson written during a simultaneous road trip of America they undertook in 1986, Ben beginning in California, Nigel in Miami, and meeting in the middle in Dodge City.
As you can imagine, this book is an absolute delight. It's out of print, but you can find used copies online. I found my copy, a first edition, in a fabulous bookstore, The Battery Park Book Exchange
, in Asheville, North Carolina - which doubles as a champagne bar. Yeah, you heard that right.
My essay on Sylvia Plath's hair, which was originally published by The Daily Beast
, has been adapted for the Indiana University Alumni Magazine.
It was a total pleasure and honor to interview one of my favorite writers, Renata Adler, for The Aesthete. You can find the profile here
. Two of Adler's novels, Speedboat
and Pitch Dark
, are available as recent reissues from The New York Review of Books
. They are highly recommended reading.
Self-portrait from 1951.
Today marks the 50th anniversary of Sylvia Plath's suicide at age 30, but it's not the only significant date in Plath studies. In fact, 2013 as a whole could be called the year of Plath. It's also the 50th anniversary of her novel, The Bell Jar
, published in the U.K. under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas, in January 1963. (It would not be published in the United States until 1971.) It's been 50 years since her death, and yet interest in Plath shows no signs of waning. In honor of her "deathiversary" today, for the Daily Beast, I wrote an essay about my encounter with Plath's hair, (You read that right!), and at Dame Magazine, my thoughts on why Plath remains such an icon.Past Plath-related articles:The American Poet's Corner Inducts Sylvia Plath
-The New Yorker's Book BenchBooks & Babies & Beef Stews: The Culinary Passion of Sylvia Plath
- Plath ProfilesSylvia Plath: Red and Blue
- This Recording
Another Side of Sylvia
- The Second Pass
Many apologies for the delay in updating this website! The fact is I've been busy with my new job as a staff writer for Yahoo! Shine, their women's interest site. You can keep up with all my pieces for Yahoo! at my writer profile page, or click on Yahoo! at the top banner for some of my favorite articles.
Here in New York, Chef's Tables are making a big comeback despite the sluggish economy. I was very lucky to cover their resurgance for my debut piece
at The Aesthete.
Word to the wise: Blanca