I have to write a review for Library Journal tonight for Mary Gaitskill’s essay collection Somebody with a Little Hammer. I haven’t read her before, fiction or otherwise. This collection spans a couple decades with pieces from 1994 – 2016 and include book reviews, personal essays, essays about music and TV shows. The older stuff feels dated. There were a couple personal essays I really liked. Overall I thought it meh.

But, more interestingly, The Mall of America is looking for a writer in residence. This monstrosity is only about a 10 minute drive from my house. It has a Barnes and Noble. Bookman and I went there to walk around on Christmas Eve. It was the first time we had been there in about two years.

However, if any of you writers out there apply and get to be the writer in residence, I will come and visit you! Depending on the time of year of your residency, I might even be able to rescue you for a little while and help you escape from the mall madness. Let me know!