Essays and other short pieces

L. A. Review of Books: In the Footsteps of the Inklings

In the Footsteps of the Inklings: A Conversation with H. S. Cross and Carol and Philip Zaleski

We discuss J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and the role of faith in literature today. Read the interview.

Em-Dash Dialogue

Over on Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips blog, I write about using em-dashes to set off dialogue, the history, the how, the why.


Writers Read: H. S. Cross

Marshal Zeringue's site, Writers Read, asks what I have been reading lately. I wrote an entry in April 2019.


19 FGS Writers on Women Who Inspire Them

My last year of college, I got to take a playwriting seminar with Adrienne Kennedy. A petite, soft-spoken woman, she made it clear without quite saying so that our work together was of sovereign importance, so crucial that she could waste zero minutes on niceties, bureaucracy, or our anxious Harvard strivings for success.

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Paris Review: I Kissed the Rod

Beneath its old-fashioned exterior, Ernest Raymond’s Tell England (1922) radiates transgression.

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The Millions: The Mind Behind the Page

On writing what I don't know:

Novels should not be read as memoir. Still, whether the novelist writes what she knows or what she imagines, her words can conjure a realer reality, one more potent and less illusory than our present distraction. What mind does the page reveal? A 21st-century American widow up to her neck in building renovations, or a band of Englishmen up to their necks in cricket and Latin…and other matters not suited to coffee hour or a family newspaper?

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