• Non fiction

    Maybe don’t turn these books into movies

    I love books and I love movies and TV. An adaptation in the right hands can be a beautiful thing. Combining good source material with the right director’s vision can produce something great, like mixing chocolate and peanut butter. But not always. Sometimes a book really struggles in its adaptation and what comes out is less peanut butter and chocolate and more orange juice and toothpaste. For instance, I have loved just about every big (and little) screen version of Jane Austen’s novels. There’s something about the romance, setting, costume, and characters of Austen that make these books shine on a screen. And then there are the others – the books…

  • Non fiction

    Sunfish Pond

    Sunfish Pond Not far from where I grew up, there is a well-celebrated hiking path called “Sunfish Pond.” The path lies on the New Jersey side of the Delaware Water Gap and it’s called Sunfish Pond because that is the reward waiting for your at the summit. It’s over seven miles to the top, uphill the entire way. You have to climb up and over huge boulders and skirt the edges of cliffs, but when you finally make it to the top you’re rewarded with an untouched freshwater lake that’s clear enough to see through. The waters of the pond are fed from a spring deep within the mountains and…

  • Feminism,  humor,  Non fiction

    Hey, You!

      What is it that compels a man to yell at a woman he does not know? This is a question I asked myself a few weeks ago as a man screamed a comment about my body from the backseat of a moving car. Strange men are constantly yelling at me, and I have never been able to figure out why. Mostly they shout the word “hey”. Sometimes they follow a “hey” up with some endearment I have not earned such as sweetheart, baby, and my least favorite: you. Sometimes they do more than shout the word “hey”. Once while waiting for the bus to take me to an early…