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One month from today, on Saturday 17 January at 1pm, I’ll be reading my essay from the anthology Spent: Exposing Our Complicated Relationship with Shopping at Politics and Prose!  Ru Freeman and Jenny Moore will also be reading from the anthology.  Here’s a bit about it:

From replacing that favorite old shirt to buying the perfect gift to just getting out of the house, what are we really looking for when we go shopping? In these brief essays, women discuss the roles shopping plays in their lives, and, for the most part, it’s less about the stuff than it is about relationships, distraction, or fresh starts. Join three of the contributors to discuss what it means to be a consumer today. (Seal Press)

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Hope to see you there!

Happy (almost) Halloween!

If you’re looking for something appropriately dark to read, check out Shenandoah’s new Noir issue, including my essay, “Elegy for Dracula.”  The Editor’s Note is a brilliant introduction to this work, whether you are new to noir or already an aficionado.  A great issue all around!


I’ll be reading at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland this Sunday 12 October along with other writers published in the most recent issue of The Delmarva Review.  See details below, or click here for more information.  Hope to see you there!


A Reading Celebrating Vol. 7 of The Delmarva Review
Sun, 12 Oct, 2014 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

The Writer’s Center is pleased to present a reading by six authors in the new issue of The Delmarva Review, at 2 p.m., Sunday, October 12. They will read from work published this month in the seventh edition. Editors will be available to answer questions about the authors and the submission process. A reception follows.

The authors who will read include Randon Billings Noble, Mary Lide, and Linda Morefield reading nonfiction; Meg Hunter reading poetry, and Ellen Prentiss Campbell reading short fiction.

The Review’s new edition includes the prose and poetry of 40 contributors from 14 states, the District of Columbia, and Italy. It welcomes all writers of literary work.

I’m doubly pleased that my essay “Stripped Down and Redressed” is out in the anthology Spent: Exposing Our Complicated Relationship with Shopping AND reprinted today at Brain, Child!

You can read the essay via Brain, Child here.

And if you’re inspired to shop, you can buy the anthology (full of sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, always thought-provoking essays) here.

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My essay “Behind the Caves” is up at The Rumpus.


It’s about high school, my 20th high school reunion, Facebook, the Coolest of the Cool, the Nerd Elite, fumbled lines, missed points, and the ways in which we try — and often fail — to “only connect.”  You can read it here.  Thanks!

“A World of Objects” is a review essay focusing on two books: Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century: 32 Families Open Their Doors, by Jeanne E. Arnold, et al., and A History of the World in 100 Objectsby Neil MacGregor.  

A World of ObjectsBoth books are about stuff — the stuff we live with now, and the stuff we have lived with over the course of human history.  But reader be warned: these books may inspire you to do some serious winnowing, purging and clutter clearing!  Look for “A World of Objects” at the beautiful and thought-provoking New Orleans Review.

The first in my review series, “Three Books to _______,” is up today at The Millions! It’s “Three Books to Get Over an Affair.”  Inspired by Alain de Botton’s idea that the “the cultural journalist should act as a kind of chemist … At the end of reviews, one might find discrete tags, comparable to the labels on pill packets, that would specify what sort of situation a given work might be for – and why,” each installment will review three books that address – some directly, some more tangentially – a particular issue. One book will be a classic, one will have been released in the last year, and one will be of a different genre. Look for the next installment in October!

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