Monthly Archives: April 2009

Concise book review No. 3: “Case Histories”


I liked Jackson Brodie, the main character in Kate Atkinson’s “When Will There Be Good News?” so much that I decided to go back and read the two previous books featuring him, of which “Case Histories” is the first.

Much like “When…,” “Case Histories” focuses on intertwining stories of crime; though the coincidences bothered me a bit, I ultimately decided that I liked the “we’re all connected”-ness of them. Also as with “When…,”  the characterizations shone — Atkinson is so good at capturing humanness.  I also admire her ability to alternate between humor– I literally laughed out on several occasions– and heartache– I also cried on several occasions.

I did leave the book with some unanswered questions–or maybe, more accurately, things I’d liked to have seen explored further– but, even more than that, I left with a sense of hope.

You say it’s your Earth Day…


I consider myself to live a pretty ecologically kind life — I’m a vegetarian, I use and wear only vegan, non-animal-tested products, I don’t own a car, I use my own bag when shopping, etc. (I don’t mention these things to be preachy or self-righteous– just for illustrative purposes.) So you’d think I’d be a huge proponent of Earth Day–and in theory, I guess I am.  It’s just… shouldn’t we be aware of our impact every day? Do people who aren’t typically environmentally-focused observe the day? If they do, does it have a long-term impact on their behavior? I don’t mean for these questions to be rhetorical– I’m really curious. What are your thoughts and experiences regarding Earth Day?

Thank you!


 As I mentioned, I enjoy writing for its (and my) own sake, but it’s always nice to have other people interested in what you have to say, too. So I was extremely gratified to see that I had a jaw-dropping 865* (!) views yesterday (with most visitors coming from here)– and I just wanted to say thank you, and I hope you’ll stick around!

*I know that the map thingy (yes, I prefer ‘thingy’ to ‘widget’ ;)) currently says that there were 403 views, but their counting period seems to be different than WordPress’s. Just wanted to let you know I’m not padding my totals. ;)