Mrs. Cleary at 100

Four years ago I sent a short essay about Beverly Cleary’s birthday to KQED’s Perspective series. The editor Mark read it and enjoyed it, but will anyone else remember Beverly Cleary? He asked his colleagues. Instantly they responded with their favorite characters and plot lines: Henry Huggins trying to get a paper route! Ralph S…. [Keep Reading]

Here’s to the Swans

One of my favorite novels of 2016 is The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin. It details Truman Capote’s friendships with several high profile women, calling them his “Swans.” The Swans were beautiful, married well or were lucky enough to be born wealthy. They weren’t stupid, oh no. They loved to read, see movies,… [Keep Reading]