On ‘The Mothers’

The best novels, the best stories, stay with you a while, don’t they? I finished The Mothers, Brit Bennett’s 2016 debut, a few weeks ago, and I thought about it for several days after. It pops up in my crowded head, still, every now and again, whenever I read about an African American church, or… Read More On ‘The Mothers’

Scenes from my bulletin board: Being Perfect

From our start, we struggle with the idea of being perfect. We are taught that “practice makes perfect,” but that “nobody’s perfect.” Philosophers tell us, wisely — they’re not philosophers for nothing — that “perfect is the enemy of the good.” Yet the pursuit of perfection is widely expected. It’s considered noble. Nobody aims to… Read More Scenes from my bulletin board: Being Perfect