His Muse

His Muse

There’s a road in Costa Rica that is watched by snakes and stones. The stones don’t make the best sentinels (stony-faced as they may be), mostly because they have no eyes and can only roll loosely in one direction or the next to warn of trouble ahead. The snakes, by comparison,

Revelation Underground

Revelation Underground

Making its way toward 59th Street, the subway was but a metal serpent slinking beneath Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Moments before, the doors of the 1 Train had slid open and four or five sleepy passengers emerged, settling with their foil-wrapped deli lunches onto blue plastic seats. It was the

His Muse

His Muse

There’s a road in Costa Rica that is watched by snakes and stones. The stones don’t make the best sentinels (stony-faced as they may be), mostly because they have no eyes and can only roll loosely in one direction or the next to warn of trouble ahead. The snakes, by

5 Unexpected Holiday Tunes for a Sunday

5 Unexpected Holiday Tunes for a Sunday

On this quiet, little Sunday night, I’m all about a nice glass of red wine and some sweeeet holiday music. If your current mood is also set to next stop: Christmas on the tra-la-la train, here are five unexpected versions of traditional Xmas tunes that’ll totally take you there:

Thanksgiving Tale: Whale-Talk

Thanksgiving Tale: Whale-Talk

This year on Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for my family, friends and all of you, my faithful readers who’ve stuck by my side as we build a little word studio community together. And though this tiny tale takes place floating atop the icy waters of Norway, I hope reading it finds you

Yma Súmac: Google Doodle Pays Tribute to Late Peruvian Songbird

Yma Súmac: Google Doodle Pays Tribute to Late Peruvian Songbird

If you’ve gotten a head start googling Game of Thrones-inspired Halloween costumes for your dog today—Does that Jon Snow get-up come in size small? Uh, asking for a friend.—then you’d know that Yma Súmac, famed Peruvian soprano, is the subject of the latest Google Doodle, arriving front and center to

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