Seeker, traveler, birder, crystal collector, occasional photographer. Author of "The Moldavite Message."
Three Blood-chilling Horror Audiobooks by Latina Authors
As pumpkin spice season approaches, my thoughts turn to spooky stories. Thanks to Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, I’ve been exploring more of the terrifying worlds of horror created by the new wave of Latina authors.
Moths to a Flickering Light
At night we used to walk for hours. After dark, the light was strange on the west side of the city. The whiff of sulfur came from the streetlamps. They glowed a poisonous orange color that robbed the skin of its beauty and the sky of its stars. A cheap form of lighting, or so they said.
Lights Out, Nobody’s Home, and the Absinthe Green Schnapps Keep Calling
It was 1999, maybe early 2000. Under the influence of multiple green apple martinis, I had wandered alone into a mostly empty theater showing The Blair Witch Project. Drunk when I stumbled in, drunk when I stumbled out, I found myself walking lost and long through dark, strangely empty streets.
Philip Pullman Is Done With Present Tense
So this happened on Twitter the other day: screenshot by the author of Pullman's tweet It’s possible he came close to saying, “Off with their heads!” a la that obnoxious queen in Alice in Wonderland, but nobody knows anymore if we’re allowed to make guillotine jokes on Twitter.
How Long Do Cockatiels Live?
Boobear the Cockatiel is pleased to wish himself a twenty-sixth birthday. The lovely and talented Nyota the Peach-faced Lovebird, Boobear’s long-time girlfriend, would like to remind all visitors to pin their donations of fresh-cut millet spray to her favorite play gym. She will taste-test them personally before passing on the very best to the guest of honor.
‘The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World’
I don’t read a ton of biographies but once in a while, I’ll take a chance, especially if it’s somebody in the natural history field. And, thus, for Pride Month, I have embarked on, “The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World” by Andrea Wulf. The outgoing Prussian explorer sounded like an interesting guy who did a lot of interesting things — and, from the start, his adventures exceeded all my expectations.
Resist These Common Excuses for Loaning Money to Family and Friends
I knew it was weird when this guy I’ve never seen before pops up to repay a fifty-dollar loan to my business partner. Call the partner Bisbee, on the principle all names must be changed to protect the guilty.