Poem: Don’t Go Into the Library

Poem: Don’t Go Into the Library

by Alberto Ríos The library is dangerous— Don’t go in. If you do You know what will happen. It’s like a pet store or a bakery— Every single time you’ll come out of there Holding something in your arms. Those novels with their big eyes. And those no-nonsense, all...
Bookstores: Eagle Harbor Book Company

Bookstores: Eagle Harbor Book Company

Read my books at Eagle Harbor I have a confession to make. Years ago, when I lived in Seattle, I’d take dates on the ferry out to Bainbridge Island, where there’s a lovely little walking district with shops and bars and an absolutely fantastic little...
Poem: The Continuous Life, Mark Strand

Poem: The Continuous Life, Mark Strand

(posted on Mark Strand’s birthday – April 11, 1934) What of the neighborhood homes awash In a silver light, of children hunched in the bushes, Watching the grown-ups for signs of surrender, Signs that the irregular pleasures of moving From day to day, of...
Left Hand of Darkness: A Room

Left Hand of Darkness: A Room

One of the books that rocked my world as a young adult was Ursula K. Le Guin‘s Left Hand of Darkness. The reason this book struck me with such force in young adulthood is that it emphasized different aspects of the typical science-fiction journey. I read many...
Bookstores: Kepler’s Books

Bookstores: Kepler’s Books

Read my books at Kepler’s  Kepler’s bookstore has been part of my life for many decades. The first place my family lived when we moved from Taiwan to the United States in the early 1980s was Sunnyvale California. I am sure that my mother, as an avid...
Bookstores: Literati in Anne Arbor

Bookstores: Literati in Anne Arbor

((POSTED ON LITERATI’S 5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY — and my birthday — MARCH 31 !!!))  Literati Bookstore is an independent bookstore in downtown Ann Arbor. It’s a wonderful new bookstore that feels fresh, well-designed, digitally capable and...