Well Read

Why do Biographies Always Make Me Cry?

Karen Carpenter sang "Rainy days and Mondays always get me down," but I think my crisis is more existential. Every time I read or watch a biography, I mourn. I just finished Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star by Eddie Muller. Hunter ended life triumphantly. His father abandoned the family and his single mother struggled, but he became a teen idol, both as a singer and actor. When the '50s ended, Hollywood abandoned Hunter and his wholesome image, in favor of the young toughs: James Dean, Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, etc. Hunter struggled financially, but thanks to...

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#blacklivesmatter

#blacklivesmatter

I am uncomfortable.  And that discomfort is nothing compared to centuries of pain people of color and their ancestors have suffered at the hands of my ancestors.  While I may be uncomfortable, I can breathe. 

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Community In The Time of Cholera

Community In The Time of Cholera

We’ve done all the things.  We limited our hours and then we finally shut our doors.  We are all engaging in social distancing, if not self-isolation.  We wash our hands until they are red and dry, and then rub hand sanitizer on them to boot.  We obsessively clean everything with Clorox wipes.  We use words in our regular everyday vocabulary now that had no place there before…coronavirus, shelter-in-place, immunocompromised.  We have limited payroll, putting the livelihoods of our most important assets at risk.  We are seeing our sales and the sales of our fellow small business people slowly dwindle daily...

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Bibliotherapy

Bibliotherapy

Incredible people pick your books every month.  People who come from a variety of different backgrounds, have different interests, tastes, and definitely senses of humor.  Real people.  In our current social media efforts, we are introducing you to all the players here at Page 1.  We have called ourselves literary matchmakers because we want you to fall in love with the book we pick for you. But it’s more than that.   I’ve recently also started thinking about us as bibliotherapists.  Bibliotherapy actually is a respected practice of addressing life challenges with literature and writing.  And while none of us are...

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Don't should yourself AKA #showusyourbooks

Don't should yourself AKA #showusyourbooks

Maybe it’s a rebel streak or a general “abominable sort of conceited independence” (anyone?), but I don’t like “shoulds”.

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