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March 6, 2020

It's difficult to pinpoint just what makes The Glass Hotel so compulsive a read. It's not exactly the Ponzi scheme and the ghosts, nor is it the ease with which Mandel moves between the points of view of her riveting characters and effortlessly leaps between timelines. Studded with f...

September 12, 2018

This week is Arts In Education Week, when we celebrate the Arts being an integral, inseparable part of education. This is my story about why the Arts in schools matters.

At seven years old I was a shy and quiet girl. I was in the second grade, and I had a teacher who encouraged me to...

June 1, 2018

In order to write, one must kill the angel of the house, claimed the great Virginia Woolf. This angel “was intensely sympathetic. She was immensely charming. She was utterly unselfish. She excelled in the difficult arts of family life. She sacrificed herself daily.” Woolf’s main poin...

May 1, 2017

A riot is the language of the unheard.

--Martin Luther King Jr.

On the first of May twenty-five years ago, I woke up in Tijuana, having driven down from Los Angeles the day before to escape the chaos of the Rodney King riots, to escape the National Guard and the enforced curfews, to es...

February 8, 2017

The night of the election, my partner and I didn’t watch the news. After eight or so, we didn’t check our phones for updates. We watched a Wes Anderson movie we’ve seen countless times instead. Whatever would happen would happen, so why cling to each state’s results, why let dread or...

August 3, 2016

Wise, inquisitive, and heart-breakingly tender, Brinkley-Rogers' memoir moves seamlessly between the man he is now and the boy he was in 1959 when he was a sailor aboard the USS Shangri-La stationed off Japan. As much about the nature of memory and love as it is about life lived and...

July 3, 2016

It’s 1969, and fourteen year old Evie, who lives in the small town of Petaluma, is so good at not making waves she is practically invisible. But then she meets the older, free-spirited Suzanne, who lives outside of society’s rules.

Inspired by Charles Manson and the infamous murders,...

June 20, 2016

It is hot today. Mad Max kind of hot. I’ve heard it will be 120 in Phoenix, and as I drove through Sedona it was 113. On the deck of our house it is 105 and it’s 95 degrees on the bank of the river. In the river I’d guess it is 70. As you can imagine, I’m in the river every 20 minute...