Published: On Sound and Rhythm in Text: Angela Leighton’s ‘Hearing Things’ (PopMatters)

My latest book review at PopMatters is of a nonfiction book by Prof Angela Leighton (Trinity College, Cambridge.) For all those who love to read and/or write, HEARING THINGS is about how sounds are created on the page and how readers take them in. This goes beyond just the immediate sounds of words/language.

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Marginalia: Journal Prompts (October)

Ack. Another month has flown by already. And we have three months left now to give any annual plans or desires that final push. Given that, why don't we make our monthly journaling theme time-related? Let's make it specific to age. Below are some questions to get you going. Take them in any order. Skip some, repeat others -- as you wish. The goal is to use them as simply a jumping-off point. Your aim should be launch into at least a one-pager with each. Digress if you must. Enjoy.

Published: On Rainer Maria Rilke’s Letters on Loss: ‘The Dark Interval’ (PopMatters)

My latest book review is up at PopMatters. The Dark Interval is a collection of 23 letters written by Rilke to friends and acquaintances who were suffering from the losses of loved ones. There's no pithy condolence or mystical ideology here. These letters are filled with beautiful language and intense insights about how grief, death, and loss can actually make us whole and even transform us. If you've read his Letters to a Young Poet, you will be moved by this collection too. The excellent translation is by Ulrich Baer, a Rilke scholar at NYU. There's a bit more about the translation at the end of the review.