This is how it starts.

Hi I’m S. How are you? I’m going to map your brain.  I want to tell S if I were okay she wouldn’t be napping my brain. But I say, “I’m good. How are you?”  There’s a giant blue chair in the middle of the room—that’s for me. It is trying to look cozy, but… Continue reading This is how it starts.


March 3: Avonlea Ambition

From Anne of Green Gables, a graphic novel, adapted by Mariah Marsden, illustrated by Brenna Thummler. This garden reading project is very much about “study for myself rather than for awards” which I realize can seem a bit “shouldn’t you be writing your dissertation”-ish.  In the words of Anne of Green Gables, “My ambition has… Continue reading March 3: Avonlea Ambition

Diss Ghosts

*draft of some material for my dissertation* You should know a few things about me. (1) I’ve been making books since childhood. And (2) I’ve been designing buildings since childhood. In some ways, this dissertation seems like a lifetime (so far) in the making.  As the child of a carpenter, my context for academics and… Continue reading Diss Ghosts

Book Review: Who needs words?

I must confess: I think I am falling for wordless books. Sure, there is usually a shifted investment in visuality, but there’s also something interesting happening in the story making. I am making the story—I am using the provided, static visuals to generate a story both predictable and mutable. In reading the visuals, I may… Continue reading Book Review: Who needs words?

Book Review: Easy Readers

Guppy Up! by Jonathan Fenske (Penguin, 2013; level 1)* A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse, Frank Viva (A TOON Book, 2012; level 1) Flat Stanley Goes Camping (Lori Haskins Houran, ill. Macky Pamintuan (Harper, 2013; level 2)* Louise Makes Art by Kelly Light (Harper Collins, 2014; no level indicated)* The Real… Continue reading Book Review: Easy Readers

Book Review: Historical Children’s Books

1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving, Catherine O’Neill Grace and Margaret M. Bruhac (National Geographic Society, 2004; ages 8-12 years) Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History ... and Our Future!, Kate Schatz, illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl (City Lights, 2015; ages 8-16 years) The Game of Silence, Louise Erdrich… Continue reading Book Review: Historical Children’s Books

Artifact no. 8, [item not found]

Friday I turn 40. Maybe that’s a loss in itself, but that’s not what I’m writing about. In fact, I feel like this has been a challenging and rewarding year for me, even as I struggle with pandemic life, dissertations, toddler tantrums, and more. I feel more myself than I have in a long time… Continue reading Artifact no. 8, [item not found]