Month: February 2014

Movies about Real Writers

Reading a good novel or poem can be like sitting down inside the author’s head and looking out.  Seeing a good biographical film about a writer, on the other hand, can give you the pleasant illusion that you’ve socialized with your idol for an hour and a half—that you’ve seen him or her from the…

A Witty Opening

Once upon a time I was wandering through the aisles of a lively farmer’s market when I saw wood and wire cages filled with butterflies flitting around stalks of flowers.  She was selling butterfly cocoons. Each cocoon was about an inch long and spring green. It looked like the caterpillars had just wrapped leaves around…