LitStack Rec: Cutting Teeth & The Dead Lands

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Cutting Teeth, by Julia Fierro For those who have young children, there’s a lovely innocence to summer—its sprinklers and days at the beach, its long days and late evenings. Julia Fierro’s debut novel, Cutting Teeth, captures that sense of fleeting summer pleasure, as well as the pleasures and the challenges of navigating parenthood. On a [….]

LitStack Rec: Out of Place & Dead Lands

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Out of Place: A Memoir, by Edward Said Edward Said, the prolific author, political activist, pianist, and critic rose to academic stardom in 1978 with the publication of the seminal Orientalism, a critique of the cultural bias that founded Western study of the East. Said, who died in 2003 after battling a rare form of [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – You Have to Hear It to Believe It

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I don’t normally do this for my Gimblings – linking to a site rather than writing my own essay. But today, well, today I ran across something that delighted me so much, I wanted to share it with all of you on this cusp of Halloween. First, a bit of background. Benjamin Percy is an [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Tangible Authors

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I am an extremely lucky person.  At times when I am feeling particularly magnanimous, I would even say that I am blessed. I live in an existence where I am surrounded by books.  I own books, I can download books electronically, I have a library nearby where I can not only check out books but [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Sneaking Into Comic Book Fandom by the Side Door

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Every Wednesday is notable at my house, because it is the day that new releases hit the shelves of our local comic book store (waves at the guys at Comic Book College on Hennepin Ave). Fairly recently – within the last couple of years – my daughter and I have both become comic book fans.  [….]