The Magic of Rhode Island

Monday, September 25, 2017

There is something about Rhode Island.  The unfettered nature preserves that are dense and wild with thicket.  The soft, sandy beaches pronounced by bluffs.  The soothing, sea air that seems to level everyone and remind us that something so much greater than us exists.

This land has always felt magical to me because it's where I spent childhood summers.  It held that enchanting allure that summertime has when there is no school or work to be done, and you're allowed to sink into each day and let the time roll.  I miss that.  Rhode Island still feels like such a breath of fresh air and change of pace.  I went twice this summer and am really happy about it...

Emma Cline's The Girls

Monday, September 18, 2017

"I looked up because of the laughter, and kept looking because of the girls."  Northern California in the late 1960s.  Just as that era's initiatives of peace and love were punctuated by brutal violence, so is the group that Evie Boyd stumbles upon one afternoon in the park.  Emma Cline's work of upmarket fiction is haunting and well sculpted.  She weaves the reader into the drug ridden cult of a wannabe musician.  The group is ultimately bad, but the foundation of some of their principles seem positive.
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