Consider the Lowly Hermit Crab

I first read about the hermit crab in Barbara Kingsolver's essay collection, High Tide in Tucson. In this true story about a stowaway crustacean, Kingsolver creates a lively lyrical first person narrative, in which the crab becomes a metaphor for how creatures habituate to their environments. Indeed, the hermit crab makes good metaphor. When you feel cramped, find a new shell to call … Continue reading Consider the Lowly Hermit Crab

Of Madeleines, Monuments and Memoir

A man at a party praised my husband for his determination to read all three volumes of Marcel Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past — a literary tome, which “[in]several thousand pages, retraces the course of [the Frenchman's] adolescence and adulthood, democratically dividing his experiences among the narrator and a sprawling cast of characters.” “Remembrance of Things … Continue reading Of Madeleines, Monuments and Memoir

Moscow Underground

“But why do you want to go to Russia?” Our answers varied, depending upon the audience: Because it is a very old country; Because John loves Russian literature; Because it is our 30th anniversary, and we want to do something amazing.” The tone of the repeating question, “Why Russia?” resembled the question that our suburban neighbors asked when … Continue reading Moscow Underground