Reading

I write informally about classic and contemporary fiction, poetry, and nonfiction at Rosemary & Reading Glasses.

When I started the site four years ago, I called it “an omnivorous reader’s commonplace book” because I read widely across genres and styles and because book blogs are, in many ways, the modern equivalent of the commonplace book. Readers and writers of centuries past filled these books (which are distinct from diaries) with bits and pieces picked up from books they’d read, speakers they’d heard, recipes they’d tasted. Quotes and advice were often arranged by subject. I used to maintain a physical commonplace book to keep track of what I read, but I’ve come to love the additional sense of community that writing online brings with it.

On Rosemary & Reading Glasses, you’ll find reviews, weekly poetry posts, and the occasional author interview (with writers like Celeste Ng, Andy Weir, and Hailey Leithauser). I’m very fond of giving reading recommendations, solicited and not, so I hope you’ll have a look.