Articles by: Michael Barnett

Bienvenidas! The Vanguard of Mexican Women Writers

Bienvenidas! The Vanguard of Mexican Women Writers

We’ve heard of the great Latin American writers of the 20th Century, from Borges to Bolaño, to Fuentes, García Marquez and Vargas Llosa. The list goes on and describes some of the most interesting and celebrated talent from major countries in the Northern, Central and Southern corridors of the Western[…]

by × February 19, 2016 ×

Winter Kills

Winter Kills

The holidays have passed (finally), the days of binge eating and over indulgence have necessarily waned. We’ve moved inexorably into the dull days of winter, the short, dissipating days of rain or snow, or just watery, cold sunlight, drifting up out of the mist of morning and disappearing with no[…]

by × January 25, 2016 ×

Post Break Blues: Back to School (Again)

Post Break Blues: Back to School (Again)

So, you’re just in the process of enjoying your break for the holidays, or for spring, or for summer or for whatever reason you’ve removed yourself from the craziness of school, and then that prickly sensation hits: the first day back is quickly approaching! Aside from groaning and shoving your[…]

by × December 14, 2015 ×

Crafting Unique Gifts

Crafting Unique Gifts

It’s that time of the year again. No matter what religion or philosophical idea you subscribe to, chances are you’re looking to provide some kind of gift for someone this month. So have you ever thought about “crafting” this year’s holiday gifts? In a world of chain stores and brand names where the[…]

by × December 4, 2015 ×

Escape to Other Worlds!

Escape to Other Worlds!

Our own world can be so difficult, our daily lives bombarded by stress and anxiety. We’re connected to the Net, we’re stimulated by TV, we’re beaten down by global news. Somewhere something needs our attention and we give it, perhaps too freely. It would be nice, wouldn’t it, to travel[…]

by × November 4, 2015 ×

Fall Prey to the Change of Seasons: 5 Novels to Keep You Awake All Night

Fall Prey to the Change of Seasons: 5 Novels to Keep You Awake All Night

As October settles upon us, the leaves curl, crack and fall in heaps along the old byways of forgotten towns. Lazy patterns of autumnal colors–veins of orange, stains of red–bleed into the paling blue sky of evening. A dirty lace curtain flutters against a peeling window frame. A door slams,[…]

by × October 12, 2015 ×