Articles by Janet Potter
December 23, 2015
Year in Reading reminds me of that cinematic device where the camera slowly backs away from the characters we’ve been following until it’s looking at them from outside their window, and then back farther still until you see into their neighbors’ windows as well, and farther still to show a whole building of occupied windows, and then a whole city, until you are looking at hundreds of little scenes in hundreds of little windows.
December 5, 2015
“Will no one plumb the depths of Steuben County during the Clinton years?” was never the cry of my heart.
August 17, 2015
Get out your favorite album. Rank the tracks in order of how much you like them. Take the fourth song. Print out the lyrics to that song and black out any that are well known. From the remaining lyrics, choose either the first or second half of a complete thought. Note: It must be meaningless out of context.
April 24, 2015
Underneath the frothy exterior is sharp look at the clash between modern women and the ways they are portrayed.
April 1, 2015
If 21st-century technology has made public shaming easier, faster, and more random, it’s also made us all targets. This book makes it clear than anything you say or do can be held against you in a court of opinion, by people who don’t know anything about you, in perpetuity.
February 20, 2015
Marie Kondo has a method for cleaning and reorganizing your home that might be crazy and might be brilliant, but works either way.
December 6, 2014
I took Pulphead by John Jeremiah Sullivan on my summer vacation, and nothing will ever be the same.
October 29, 2014
Rud Hayes is one of my favorite presidents, and not just because I can get lost for days in his eyes.
June 16, 2014
As Alex Trebek said during the introduction to her 21st game, “We have a wonderfully delightful, friendly champion in Julia Collins. Until she gets into a game, then she becomes relentless.”
May 29, 2014
The documentary Finding Vivian Maier recently joined the burgeoning conversation about its titular subject, a reclusive Chicago nanny whose collection of street photography was discovered at a storage auction shortly before her death in the form of thousands of undeveloped rolls of film.