From Baltimore, with Love

Finding my words — and myself — in Charm City.

The Power of the Pen

Epistolary novels aren’t dead yet.

Reflections on a Year of Reading

Ushering in 2023 with a look back at 2022.

Matty Selman: An Appreciation

Perusing a fellow Staten Islander’s Satchel of Dreams.

What Is “I Have No Idea,” Ken?

I owe my recent “Jeopardy!” appearance — and spectacular flame-out — to books.

Cormac McCarthy’s Dual, Dark New Offerings

The Passenger and Stella Maris embrace dystopia with lopsided degrees of success.

Washington Irving’s Halloween Feast

Why not sup in Sleepy Hollow this spooky season?

On Hilary Mantel

Her talent, her kindness, and our loss.