Literary Obituary: Adrienne Rich, 1929-2012

It’s an old-fashioned, an outrageous thing To believe one has a “destiny” — a thought often peculiar to those who possess privilege — but there is something else:   the faith of those despised and endangered that they are not merely the sum of damages done to them [Sources (1983)] No short passage could sum up the vast and various intellectual work of poet/essayist Adrienne Rich, but that short piece from a…

What’s in YOUR brain-attic?

When it comes to what you put into your skull, what kind of Sherlockian are you? In A Study in Scarlet, the first of Arthur Conan Doyle’s tales about the detective and his loyal sidekick, Dr. Watson is trying to figure out just what kind of roommate he has picked up while recuperating from his recent military service overseas. (“You have been in Afghanistan, I perceive,” Holmes famously remarks upon…

This is not Breaking Bad.

Albuquerque. Downtown Hyatt Regency. Thirteenth floor. Friday, mid-morning. Vacuum in background. Elevator bell down the hall. Door handle of 1306 blinks green twice. Door opens. Light creeps beyond the barrier of thick curtains. Message indicator blinks red on phone. Debris covers the bed. This is not, unfortunately, a scene from Breaking Bad. Walter White is not holding the room key, Jesse Pinkman is not eating Funions on the bed, and…