Published: Interview at Literary Hub, Book Marks: Secrets of the Book Critics Series

I am thrilled, grateful, and humbled to join a wonderful set of book critics interviewed in this series at Literary Hub. I've learned from each one of them. And I so enjoyed answering the questions too. Of course, I cannot do any book-related discussion without mentioning Virginia Woolf and Zadie Smith. I only wish I'd managed to also work in Toni Morrison. Still, I gave shout-outs to a few other writers also who inspire me. Read the whole interview here.

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Published: A. M. Homes’ ‘Days of Awe’ and the Art of Writing Dialogue (PopMatters)

My review of A.M.Homes' latest short story collection, 'Days of Awe', is up at PopMatters. These stories have her trademark darkly satirical takes on American consumerism and more. Also, they are a masterclass in dialogue and in listening to both what is said and, more importantly, what isn't said.

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Marginalia: Journal Prompts (September)

September's journaling theme is "memories." The memory faculty is one of our most important ones because the information we store away and retrieve from time to time influences our present behaviors and future actions. Memory helps us with all our relationships, learning, personal identity, and more. We have both short-term and long-term memory and they function differently. Working memory — where we manipulate and process stored information — is separate and useful in fields like cognitive psychology, neuropsychology, and neuroscience.