Articles by Jessica Francis Kane

November 20, 2012

Goodwill in Brooklyn: On Donating Books to Unexpected Readers 13

I am uncomfortable shedding books. The three boxes my husband and I were holding, plus three more in the trunk of the car, were the result of a careful purge executed after living abroad for a year.

March 22, 2012

Hip to Be Square: Confessions of an Out-of-the-Loop Parent 9

Here are a few things I don’t usually tell people: I thought The Police really were law enforcement and I understood the song “Rock Lobster” to be “Rock Monster” for years. How can a girl growing up in hip Ann Arbor in the 1970s and ’80s be so hopeless?

January 27, 2011

In Praise of Literary Reports 3

Have we already lost interest in the Gulf oil spill, or is it possible that the report itself is to blame for our fading interest?

August 17, 2010

Where We Write: The Merits of Making Do 36

I began to suspect I was too susceptible to the idea of the “writer’s desk” and decided it might be better to do without one. Somewhere along the way, I began to work in libraries. More important, I began to get work done in libraries.