As It Turns Out, You Do Know Jack

For years, I’ve had a love-hate relationship with Lee Child’s novels about Jack Reacher. I love the way the Reacher stories thrum with pleasurable uncertainty while I roll my eyes as Reacher’s over-the-top, alpha-male infallibility. For me, the latter annoyance begins...
Critique Groups in the Zoom Era

Critique Groups in the Zoom Era

Despite the COVID-19 lockdown, my long-running Portland-based critique group is soldiering on, using the now ubiquitous Zoom videoconferencing service. With many people adapting to Zoom (or Skype, Google Hangouts, etc.), now might be a good time for geographically...