Local Book Review: Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts

Earlier this afternoon I had a wonderful conversation about the synthesis of science, art and literature with a quirky entrepreneur (thank you, Spaceworks Tacoma and Creative Colloquy for landing me in that exquisite moment). Before the conversation was over, my brain started buzzing and whirring as I thought about some of my favorite, recent collaborations … Continue reading Local Book Review: Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts

Listen to the Poem!

Yes, I did get that from Write253's Louder Than A Bomb Tacoma poetry slam, but listening to poetry and truly hearing the messages authors are conveying is more important than ever as our country continues to divide itself along political and racial lines. Despite our national division, I see poets, authors, musicians and artists trying to … Continue reading Listen to the Poem!

Local Book Review: Tupelo by Alec Clayton

Let me start by admitting that I don't usually read books about the American South. I find them tedious and often, as dry as a sad packet of army-issued crackers. I'm not a big fan of authobiographical-ish tales of young men fumbling through their youth, either (get out of here, The Great Gatsby and The Catcher in … Continue reading Local Book Review: Tupelo by Alec Clayton

Local Book Review: Gone to Gold Mountain

If you're a poet living in the Pacific Northwest, chances are you've read Peter Ludwin's work, or maybe you've heard him read in one of the cramped, dusty bookstores of Tacoma or Olympia. Chances are you enjoy his work, too, and probably agree that his poetry might be dark in tone, but it's filled with … Continue reading Local Book Review: Gone to Gold Mountain

Lola by Melissa Scrivner Love

Who reads crime thrillers anymore? Oh, that's right, everyone but me. I did give it an honest go earlier this summer, though, when I picked up Lola, a fast-paced crime thriller, by Melissa Scrivner Love. Did I fall in love with the book? Not exactly. But I did enjoy it, and I think people who … Continue reading Lola by Melissa Scrivner Love

Local Book Review: Hagridden by Samuel Snoek-Brown

How often do you pick up a book from one of your favorite authors and hope and wish and pray it's as good as the last? I do it every time, but truth be told, only about half the books I read live up to my expectations. Lucky for me, Samuel Snoek-Brown's Hagridden did, in … Continue reading Local Book Review: Hagridden by Samuel Snoek-Brown

The Bird Artist by Howard Norman

What drives people to cheat? What are we looking for when we step outside our relationships and commit adultery? Is it that we're lacking something in our current relationship, or that we're truly unhappy with our spouse? Or maybe it's more animalistic than that: maybe we're acting on a biological instinct to increase the chances … Continue reading The Bird Artist by Howard Norman