Hello. My name is Jonathan and this is my blog about modern and contemporary prose literature of all kinds. Basically this is a project born of enthusiasm. I read a lot of modern and contemporary prose, and I like to share what I discover with others and see how others read the same or similar writing. I also love to get recommendations: this blog could just be an elaborate ploy to help me build my reading lists.
I think it’s an exciting time to be a reader and a writer. I am both. My tastes range widely as a reader, and as a writer I’m involved in projects of both genre and literary fiction. I don’t fully endorse that distinction, but it has some practical, descriptive value. I’m currently shopping around a manuscript of epic fantasy and a “literary” novel. I’m also teaching myself Irish and Yiddish simultaneously, these being the two nearly extinct languages of my family background, and my new project has something to do with that endeavor. But actually I spend most of my time parenting.
As for some vital statistics… I’m married, I’m at home with two young kids. I hold various degrees, of which the most recent, and by far my favorite, is the MFA from Warren Wilson College. You can read some thoughts about my literary education in this post. I used to call this blog Defending Fantasy, but my beliefs and commitments, my entire attitude to writing and life as a whole — these cannot be separated — has changed substantially in recent months, and I’d like to take a new approach to writing about what I read. I’m keeping most of the posts from Defending Fantasy, and I’ll still sometimes write on fantasy.
I hope you enjoy what you read here. Thanks for stopping by, and please don’t hesitate to chime in.