Current Affairs

Terry McDonell, author of the new memoir, The Accidental Life, has edited some of the best writers of our generation -- and likely some of them are better because of him. Yet he opened his remarks at the independent bookstore Book Passage in Marin County, California with a confession - "I could not get a good job as a writer, so I began to tumble my way into editing jobs." Read more →


Parnassus Books, co-owned by writer Ann Patchett and one of the nation's premier independent bookstores, sits in the most unamazing location in a strip mall, tucked in among Chipotle, The Vitamin Shoppe, Ten Thousand Villages and other small businesses whose exteriors are dull caramel trimmed in dark chocolate. Like other independent bookstores, which represent the souls of local communities, you might pass it a couple of times before you actually find it. But persevere on as a reader and you will be home again. Read more →


A preview screening of Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines, which premiers April 15 on PBS, gave me an idea. This blog could rename itself SuperWomantraveler and strive for justice and truth in the often self-serving online travel industry. (Not to say there aren't plenty of excellent travel bloggers, but does any of them wear a disguise??) OK, just kidding about this blog, but the documentary's director Kristy Guevara-Flanagan has created a provocative story that sheds much new light on women, women and power, women and teamwork and many other traits. I heard her describe her motivation at a screening and then quizzed some women friends. None of us, we confessed, had appreciated the deeper themes of this Wonder Woman comics superheroine during our upbringing. In fact she was a turnoff to many of us, with all due respect to actress Lynda Carter, TV's Wonder Woman and a... Read more →