Articles by Steve Himmer

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 3

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.