Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild My rating: 5 of 5 stars As Senate hearings for Scott Pruitt begin today, I wish I could put this book in every person’s hands. I am a Rust Belt native who was raised with a profound respect for … Read More »
Rediscovering Palestine: Merchants and Peasants in Jabal Nablus, 1700-1900 by Beshara Doumani My rating: 5 of 5 stars You won’t know how fascinated you are by the economy of an ancient city until you start reading Doumani’s engrossing portrait of eighteenth-century Nablus. It’s written with the thorough, poignant eye of a biographer and the tacit … Read More »
I was sitting up and angry, which was a good sign. The old lady who’d hit me with her Prius was standing next to my bike in the middle of the street, and a few inches away from my bleeding leg were her feet. She was dressed all in taupe, and from her taupe summer … Read More »
My essay about my experiences as a same-sex military spouse appeared today as an editor’s pick on Salon.com. Check it out!
Habibi by Craig Thompson My rating: 3 of 5 stars I give Habibi five stars for the art, and one or two for the story. As a beautiful mess of a narrative to think about, it earns a solid three. Most of the other mixed reviews on Goodreads make similar points, dinging Thompson’s story for … Read More »
I visited Sausalito for my birthday. You can see it here. Tuesday’s election made me look at this picture a little more closely. I took it while I sat along Bridgeway Street, watching a guy—whom people applauded and called Bill—stack these stones and flotsam into stable, vertical columns. He had very long arms and big … Read More »
This story now appears on Salon.com. Link here.