Articles by Steve Himmer

March 19, 2015

Reader, I Muted Him: The Narrative Possibilities of Networked Life 14

Authors are writing from a networked world and seeing life through that lens whether they allow it to their characters or not. So why not embrace it? Why not make it matter, because it already does however much we doth protest?

February 3, 2015

An Eye to the Edges: On Other Stories 0

It’s frustrating sometimes, for many of us, to be reminded of the stories that matter apart from our own and that we might be complicit in pushing them out to the margins.

November 16, 2011

Monster Mashups: The Recurring Horror of Mary Poppins 3

The monsters are always among us, because no matter how tightly we shore up the windows and nail shut the doors, we always create some new cracks through which they can come.

October 11, 2011

“I am the turnstile”: Roaming with Tomas Tranströmer 4

I’m a rank amateur, but when I read the Boston Globe’s dismissal of Tranströmer as “an elderly Swedish poet virtually unknown outside his homeland,” it felt necessary to speak up with the voice of an amateur.

August 18, 2011

Making Room for Readers 39

It’s a mistake to rarify reading and put books out of reach. It’s a mistake to assume that readers are “mostly born and only a little made.” Because those discoveries in libraries and bookstores — and, yes, on my parents’ shelves, too — are what made me a reader, not some mysterious, bibliogenic accident of birth.

May 17, 2011

The Importance of Unwritten Postcards 11

If I’d been able to share my memories quickly, if I’d been able to tweet them or make them my status or even speak them to someone I knew, I might not have hung onto them.