Bad Waffles at Belgian Iron Wafel Company

In Columbus, Ohio, there’s an area just north of Downtown called the Short North; once a neighborhood-friendly haven for the arts, it has become synonymous with trend-chasing mediocrity and drunk people named Chad. Among other more nuanced issues, the impossibility of finding parking makes the happiness meters of most who go there half-empty before they … More Bad Waffles at Belgian Iron Wafel Company

A Vindication of My Rights Not to Finish this Book

“I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves.” Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman It will come as a surprise to none people that Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, published 1792, was too dense for me to finish. I started reading it in January as the first of my self-imposed book club of one focusing … More A Vindication of My Rights Not to Finish this Book

Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

Leonardo da Vinci joins the ranks of Walter Isaacson’s other Great Men – Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Henry Kissinger, and Benjamin Franklin – in this meaty 2017 biography of the eponymous Renaissance Man. Isaacson’s core thesis is that Leonardo’s ability to combine imagination and science is what galvanized his genius. Like most other people in … More Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

The Death of Mrs. Westaway is the result of the successful marriage of insightful and engaging thriller with cozy mystery. Ware fills all of her novels with vibrant, relatable characters — even if they aren’t always likable. Orphaned Henrietta – Hal – Westaway is both relatable and heartbreakingly likable as she struggles to cope with her mother’s death. We … More The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

The Morality of a Wall

“But! Obama shut down the government for seventeen days!” “YAS bitch! For HEALTHCARE!” This quote from record breaking rapper Cardi B really resonated with me this morning: what happened to the moral integrity of American Republicans, for Christ’s sake? (Literally, in most cases, for Christ’s sake.) Republicans have – in my lifetime – branded themselves … More The Morality of a Wall