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Catfishing on CatNet
by Naomi Kritzer
Tom Doherty/Tor Teen, 2019

Catfishing on CatNet is a young adult science fiction novel set in the near future. It is Kritzer's first science fiction novel, although she has previously written a few fantasy novels and a fair number of science fiction short stories; this book is based around the AI she first wrote about in her 2015…

"If we love God while thinking that he does not exist, he will manifest his existence." 

(Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace)

Simone Weil's writings on religion are beautiful and unforgivingly complex. Though she often rejected the hypocrisy of the institution of the Roman Catholic Church, her writings reflect a clear devotion to the teachings of Christianity.…

"You will be haunted," resumed the Ghost, "by Three Spirits."
--Marley's Ghost

A year ago, I contacted a childhood friend and pondered calling another. The person I'd called I'd been in touch with, sporadically, before and since. The other I've not seen since a Christmas somewhere in the 1990s. He'd crossed paths with my mother, at church, I think, and she told him I was in town for the holidays. He knocked on my door like when we…

Late August, given heavy rain and sun
For a full week, the blackberries would ripen.
At first, just one, a glossy purple clot
Among others, red, green, hard as a knot.
You ate that first one and its flesh was sweet
Like thickened wine: summer's blood was in it


Excerpt from Blackberry-Picking, a poem by Seamus Heaney


A recent experience has prompted me to dig a little deeper into this amazing perennial food…