September 1st, 2017


Poetry Friday: Your Catfish Friend by Richard Brautigan

If I were to live my life
in catfish forms
in scaffolds of skin and whiskers
at the bottom of a pond
and you were to come by
  one evening
when the moon was shining
down into my dark home
and stand there at the edge
  of my affection
and think, "It's beautiful
here by this pond. I wish
  somebody loved me,"
I'd love you and be your catfish
friend and drive such lonely
thoughts from your mind
and suddenly you would be
  at peace,
and ask yourself, "I wonder
if there are any catfish
in this pond? It seems like
a perfect place for them."

- Your Catfish Friend by Richard Brautigan

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Best Books of August 2017

August 2017: 10 books and scripts read

I read many brand-new stories this month, but the one that stood out to me was one I've read before, ten years ago: Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr.

The re-read was prompted by the film adaptation, which premiered on Lifetime at the end of July. The screenplay by Laurie Collyer and Emily Bickford Lansbury was pretty faithful to the book and, on multiple occasions, the script included exact lines of dialogue from the book, but I still felt the book was more powerful, thanks in part to the first-person narration which allowed readers to get into the protagonist's mindset and memories. I wish the film had included her journal; the story Deanna wrote was revealing and therapeutic, and I loved rediscovering that when I read the book again.

Read my review of the book.