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Interview: Author Kate Jacobs

In my second interview with a Kat(i)e Jacobs (the House executive producer being the other one), I chatted with the author of The Friday Night Knitting Club and the newly released Comfort Food. I’ve got some extra quotes I’ll post a little later....
Truth and Consequences

Truth and Consequences

I can’t help myself. I got another one of those glurgy chain emails today, intended to be heartwarming but really just a steaming pile that came from another part of the body. And because I’m me, I sent my friend the Snopes page debunking the story behind...
My Pop Culture Obsessions of 2007

My Pop Culture Obsessions of 2007

This was all set to be one long post for Blogcritics, but they wisely asked me to split it in two: My Literary Obsessions of 2007 My TV and Movie Obsessions of 2007 Hints on some of what might be on those lists are...

The Other Side of the Bridge

I suspect saying a book is beautifully structured comes across like saying “she has a nice personality” about a blind date. But in Mary Lawson’s The Other Side of the Bridge, a book I picked up without knowing anything about it, the beautiful...

Happiness Sold Separately

People magazine is on crack. That’s probably not a newsflash, but the specific motivation for my accusation is the blurb on the front cover of one of the books I bought when I finally gave up on my non-serendipitous mistaken purchase. “A touching, comic...

Embarrassing confession

I had a boss once who was bad at remembering people’s names, but astonishing in his recall of the pattern of consonants and vowels in those names. He’d say, “it’s Joe something, consonant consonant vowel consonant” and sure enough, it...