Friday, February 8, 2013


Hello, all.  Sorry that I am so rarely writing here these days.  The last semester of my MFA program, in which I am struggling to put together an actual real book of poetry, is pretty draining.  Add to that fellowship applications, an intense job search process, and trying to get some stuff published, and you have the recipe for a Busy Beth.  So for that reason, I will not be able to post full reviews of every book I read anymore.  I will try to put together a monthly post that lets you know what all I've been reading lately.

For example, I recently finished George Saunders's excellent new story collection, Tenth of December.  It is fantastic!  I highly recommend it!  Hopefully someday I will actually write about it here!  But alas today is not the day.

In the meantime, I WILL be continuing to contribute to The Actuary, a literature and culture review blog that I started with some fellow Notre Dame MFAs.  I post stuff about poetry and music and all kinds of things there.  Not Your Mama's Bookshelf has been a nice, laid-back approach toward reading, but The Actuary lets me exercise my critical and academic muscles a bit more.  Please follow my work there, if you can!  Here's the address:

Sorry for the bad news.  I hope to be back in the swing of things post-graduate school.

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