New Orleans, LA – This week on The Reading Life: Poet Benjamin Morris, interviewed during the final week of his residency at A Studio in the Woods, and Fred Kasten's interview with David Gessner, author of "The Tarball Chronicles: A Journey Beyond the Oiled Pelican and Into the Heart of the Gulf Oil Spill."
Darcy McKinnon works for FirstLine Schools, a network of New Orleans public charter schools. Her job is to help middle school students pick the right high school among the myriad new options in the fast-changing local education landscape and to make a successful transition when they do.
New Orleans, LA – It's the season for gratitude, for counting one's blessings. I've been wandering my house, scanning my shelves for the books that have made me who I am. Here are some of the ones I'm grateful for.
1. "The Chronicles of Narnia," by C.S. Lewis.
2. "Jane Eyre," by Charlotte Bronte.
3. "The Golden Notebook," by Doris Lessing.
4. "Everything You Need," by A.L. Kennedy.
5. "Parnassus on Wheels" and "The Haunted Bookshop," by Christopher Morley.
The Thanksgiving table is set with more than food. It's set with lore, tradition and symbolism, and the dishes we bring to the holiday table often have stories behind them too, from heirloom recipes to this or that peculiar item that could be one family's holiday necessity. These days it's increasing likely that many of these stories will be told with distinctly local accents.