If only time could be seen whole, then you could see the past remaining intact, instead of vanishing in the rearview mirror. Dani Shapiro, Signal Fires One of the (many) things I loved about Signal Fires was how it looked … Continue reading Looking Back | December.
So perhaps there were people who would like to hear about feelings, but I did not think they were people I would want to know. Helen DeWitt, The English Understand Wool Those words made me laugh out loud because people … Continue reading Looking Back | November.
Her memory for unhappiness and misery was terrible. Maybe she willed this into being and maybe it was neurological, but somehow I have inherited this tendency – of all my inheritances, it is my favorite, the most useful, though I … Continue reading Looking Back | September & October.
It’s a strange business, turning those days into sentences, and then paragraphs. Elizabeth McCracken, An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination Some months it feels strange, too, stringing together stories based on a collection of photographs. And yet, … Continue reading Looking Back | August.
Any story could be a comedy or a tragedy, depending on where you ended it. That was the magic, how the same story could be told in an infinite number of ways. Emma Straub, This Time Tomorrow July’s story didn’t … Continue reading Looking Back | July.
The power of story is to heal and to sustain. And if we are brave enough to tell our own story, we realize we’re not alone, again and again. Suleika Jaouad, Between Two Kingdoms June’s story took me to some … Continue reading Looking Back | June.
The question is, shall it or shall it not be linear history. I’ve always thought a kaleidoscopic view might be an interesting heresy. Shake the tube and see what comes out. Chronology irritates me.” Penelope Lively, Moon Tiger In many … Continue reading Looking Back | May.
Everything is broken and messed up and completely fine. That’s what life is. It’s only the ratios that change. Usually on their own. As soon as you think that’s it, it’s going to be like this forever, they change again. … Continue reading Looking Back | April.
How we spend our time defines who we are. There is no magical future. Today is our future. Mary Pipher, quoted in Kate Bowler’s Good Enough In my mind (and my heart), I’m tempted to look back at this month … Continue reading Looking Back | March.
Luxury, I think, is the total fulfillment of all five senses at once. Rosamunde Pilcher, The Shell Seekers February was, for sure, a month of luxury. I saw smiling faces, signs of spring, stitches coming together to knit a sweater, … Continue reading Looking Back | February.