Earlier this year, I was on a beer panel for All About Beer magazine. That means I got to sit in a room with other panelists, taste beers, and come up with descriptions of nuances and flavors. It was fun. Check out the March issue to see which beers we liked the best.
Check it out! I have a book review up at KQED on The Nest By Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. Click here to read Review: Is ‘The Nest’ Worth Its Famed Seven-Figure Advance?
Check out my most recent Mental Floss post, 11 Facts About I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Maya Angelou was such a fascinating person.
I have an article in the March/April issue of Writer’s Digest titled “When Truth Is Stranger Than (Children’s) Fiction.” Next time you’re in a bookstore, pick up a copy and check it out.
I have a new post up at Mental Floss: 8 Lovely Facts About The Secret Garden. I was surprised to learn that Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic book is basically an allegory for Christian Science. Weird.
Literary Hub mentioned my article in The Atlantic about literary journals charging reading fees to submitting writers among The 50 Biggest Literary Stories of the Year. It’s under number 31: Literary Journals Making Money Off Slush Piles. Check it out!
I wrote another Halloween-themed Mental Floss post: 9 Mournful Facts About Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven.”
Ravens can really talk. Here’s a video of a raven saying “nevermore.”
I’m excited to share an article I wrote for The Atlantic on literary journal reading fees. It looks into whether literary journals should charge writers fees to submit their writing, an important issue that needs more discussion.
Here are my latest Mental Floss articles. They are Halloween themed. Wooo (spooky noise).
The amount of death that happened around Mary Shelley during the writing and publication of Frankenstein is astounding. Three children, her half-sister, Percy Shelley’s first wife… the list goes on. No wonder she wrote about bringing the dead back to life.
There are so many interesting components that went into writing Dracula: Jack the Ripper, the painter Rossetti digging up his dead wife’s grave, the connection between English vampires and Frankenstein, and more.
I love owls.
I don’t know about you, but going through the Dust Bowl sounds like a much scarier nightmare than Frankenstein’s monster.
There’s a theory that Robert Louis Stevenson wrote this book while on a three-day cocaine binge. It makes sense.
More Mental Floss articles that I wrote! Get ‘em while they’re hot!
Roald Dahl actually was a chocolate tester for a candy company when he was a kid. It stuck with him (so to speak) and inspired Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Did you know Thoreau started a 3,000-acre forest fire before going to live in the woods?
EB White was fascinated with spiders and even took her egg sack back to his New York apartment with him. He was delighted when it hatched and the baby spiders spun webs all over his room.
While Arthur Miller was writing his allegory for McCarthyism, he was having an affair with Marilyn Monroe. I can’t help but surmise this must have influenced the affair between Abigail and John Proctor.