August 26, 2016

Fall Forward

By Cody Walker

In my 190-plus posts for this blog, I’ve only once thought to sing the praises of A.Word.A.Day, Anu Garg’s brilliant daily email blast. Allow me a second huzzah: A.Word.A.Day is, […]

July 26, 2013

Distant Lands, Close Quarters

By Cody Walker

When I put my two-and-a-half-year-old daughter to bed at night, the last thing I tell her is “I love you a lot.” The “a lot” feels crucial—not as an intensifier […]

July 20, 2009

Monday, or “Moon Day”

By Cody Walker

In Six Memos for the Next Millennium, the late, great Italo Calvino discusses five of the “values, qualities, or peculiarities of literature that are very close to [his] heart.” (Why […]