Currently reading and enjoying:
This amazing comic, “When your house is burning down, you should brush your teeth,” from The Oatmeal. It’s so funny and also touching. This piece has a beautiful mix of childlike silliness and vulnerability. I’ve reread it many times already this week.
“For Climbers, Risks Now Shift with Every Step,” by Kirk Johnson in The New York Times (I can’t stop writing about mountains). My obsession seems strange because I'm terrified of heights. It's not that I want to climb them....I just want to keep thinking about them.
This essay-in-fragments, “The Ghost’s Daughter,” by Rachel McKibbens on Her Kind. McKibben’s unravels and reravels (it should be a word) ideas of trauma, memory, and writing as a way to survive and heal. Over and over, she repeats, “I do not write because I have suffered. I write because I have survived.”
Stay Awake, a collection of stories from Dan Chaon. I’ve been looking forward to this one...
Another short and hauntingly lovely comic, The Great, from Alyssa Berg. I love her use of textures and sparseness.
What are you reading early in the new year, friends?