Diane Leach has a Master’s Degree in English Literature from Humboldt State University. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, New Mobility, and The Collagist. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, November 8 2009
Ayn Rand set out to remake reality as if it were an ill-fitting dress: by sheer will, she tried to fashion a Balenciaga gown from a housedress.
Tuesday, July 7 2009
My God, could that man dance. Michael Jackson moved like the love child of Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse.
Thursday, January 29 2009
In the early '80s Detroit, Motown was as unquestionable as air. Who didn't like air?
Wednesday, October 22 2008
If Roger Waters existed, if Pink Floyd existed, there was a tiny margin of hope, a filament of promise thinner than jeweler’s wire.
Tuesday, June 17 2008
Secondhand bookstores are about more than literary treasures. As Diane Leach explains, they contain personal histories that connect readers through the ages.
Sunday, January 12 2014
Five books published in 2013 that stayed with me, that I found myself urging on others, that I now say to you, Hey! Read this!
Sunday, January 22 2012
Caroline Moorehead's A Train In Winter, like Daniel Mendelsohn's The Lost, leaves nothing to the imagination, a decision that makes reading it simultaneously engrossing and deeply disturbing.
Tuesday, February 1 2011
I’ve finally met somebody who possibly loves books more than I do, and certainly knows more about them.
Monday, March 1 2010
We so want our geniuses to be perfect people. Or at least nice people -- and so often they aren’t.
Wednesday, October 22 2014
As food studies enters academia, texts are required to populate the curricula. That doesn't mean lay readers can't enjoy them, too.
Monday, October 20 2014
When Flynne Fisher witnesses a murder, a contract is taken on her life. The contract holders are from the future.
Thursday, October 9 2014
Few authors are able to write equally well about war strategy, communism, cover crops, and postpartum depression.
Monday, September 29 2014
Jam Gallahue and her English classmates are given journals to keep. But when they begin writing, something strange happens.
Monday, September 15 2014
I found A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing to be the literary equivalent of a shot of blackest espresso: sharp, jolting, and acidic.
Friday, October 10 2014
My lips went mildly numb. Not dentist-visit numb, or certain illegal drugs numb. Just pleasantly numb. Comfortably numb.
Monday, June 23 2014
Now a parent herself, Carpenter asks how her father, such a gifted man, became so ruined.
Thursday, June 12 2014
The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone updates a beloved cookbook. Relax. Your favorites are all still in here.
Wednesday, June 11 2014
Popular blogger Marisa McClellan's second canning cookbook urges readers to think small.
Wednesday, April 23 2014
Even the most experienced cooks, gardeners or not, stand to learn a great deal from The Art of Simple Food II.