On The National

Apr 16, 2014 by

Here’s the thing about the critics: They’re right. The National groans. Sometimes Berninger doesn’t quite sing the lyrics. And the lyrics rarely make sense.

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Showing Up

Apr 15, 2014 by

So thank you, Anne, for inspiring me on Friday to laugh, to show up (I almost didn’t come to the talk. Isn’t that silly?), and to tell my version of things.

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Relient K’s Collapsible Lung

Apr 14, 2014 by

Pop is like soda-pop. It’s sugary sweet, easy to consume, addictive, nutrition-empty, and makes you feel sick to the stomach if you’ve had too much.

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Dr. Seuss, Ph. D.

Apr 13, 2014 by

Today I rewrote that paper for my son Matthew, describing its major findings in the voice of his favorite first author: Dr. Seuss (Ph. D.?).

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Seen & Heard at FFW

Apr 12, 2014 by

The rustle of everyone sitting up straighter and reaching for a pen when an author says something profound. Those pens scratching on paper in unison.

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From the Festival of Faith and...

Apr 11, 2014 by

I also remembered what this little family was like—this community of faithful writers. It’s a beautiful community, and it’s one to which I belong.

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Rebooting the Cosmos

Apr 10, 2014 by

Tyson’s narration meanders back and forth from the local to the cosmic, and spends not a small amount of time biographing members of the scientific pantheon.

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Young Love

Apr 9, 2014 by

Finally, a girl asked me to dance. I was always taught to ‘respect women,’ so we danced with our arms outstretched, creating a mini Arc de Triomphe on the outskirts of the floor.

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Dreaming of Biology

Apr 8, 2014 by

I felt like I was all alone in the crater with just the animals for company, and I wished again that I had studied some kind of science—biology, environmental science, geography.

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On Owning Lizards

Apr 7, 2014 by

I now understand this to be a painless and defensive maneuver, but at the time I was utterly traumatized. The tail continued to wiggle and squirm in the cage for several minutes.

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