Be Weird!

By John Flynn-York

I read George Saunders’ short story “Sea Oak” the other day. (It’s in the Barcelona Review—read it here if you want to avoid spoilers.) It is deeply weird: the main character works at an aviation-themed male strip club called Joysticks (of course), there’s a television show called How My Child Died Violently, and the main character’s grandmother dies and then returns as a zombie with psychic powers. She sits in a rocking chair and issues orders to her grandchildren while her reanimated body falls apart.

Digital Shelves Are Infinite

By Eli Rdyer

I’ve been debating digitizing my library and reading electronically. There is difficulty and frustration involved in making space for a sizable collection of physical books. Yes, the dream is the big room lined with mahogany shelves stocked with beautifully-bound leather volumes, but let’s get real: that’s a long way off, for me.