Church Street Blog

Love, Drugs, and Rock and Roll: A review of You Don’t Know Me but You Don’t Like Me

August 29, 2013 | Elisa Munoz

As soon as I heard the author, Nathan Rabin, interviewed on NPR (because that is where I get all my book recommendations, as I am sure you have noticed), I knew I had to read... read full article

The Infinite Moment of Us: Feels Like Forever, and Not in a Good Way

August 27, 2013 | Marge Malone

The vulnerability of a new relationship! The exciting exchange of ideas between two lovers! Romantic tension! Hot sex! These are such good things, so well captured in so many works of literature through the ages,... read full article

The Reader Grows up, Not the Writer

August 23, 2013 | Van Newell

Hear Van’s writing performed live this weekend at Sidewalk Film Festival. Birmingham Film Actors Lab will be doing a table read of his screenplay. Here’s Van’s summary of the script: “It’s about a mentally ill... read full article

"I Can’t Believe I Read the Whole Thing:" Clair Tries Chick Lit

August 16, 2013 | Clair McLafferty

When I started reading Candace Bushnell’s Lipstick Jungle, I expected the book to be fluffy. What I didn’t expect was that ingesting the story would be roughly equivalent to being force-fed cotton candy.   Let... read full article

Quotes by the Quill: John Green

August 14, 2013 | Kelly Cummings

Lettering by Kelly Cummings   This quote from John Green’s newest book, The Fault in Our Stars, is so magical and lovely — and so is Kelly’s bubbly, golden script celebrating it. Kelly is a... read full article

Notes on the Road: Route 66 Doesn’t Exist Anymore and that Makes Me Sad

August 13, 2013 | Mollie Hawkins | 1 Comment

So alas, dear reader, I’ve found myself in a couple of new and interesting situations. First, a confession: I’ve been in northern California for a minute now, as Tiddles, Kobo, and I decided to migrate... read full article

Required Reading: Exploring Dickens with a High School Sophomore

August 09, 2013 | Coke Matthews | 3 Comments

Remember the shock — the horror — of leaving school for the summer and discovering you still had … homework?! Our schools’ required Summer Reading lists left even some of us who love reading dreading... read full article

Too Much Lamenting, Not Enough Air Conditioning: Marge Reviews Love and Lament

August 07, 2013 | Marge Malone

First, a warning: I read the majority of Love and Lament in a hotel room in Providence, which I had booked on a whim when I found that I had several days off of work... read full article

More Essential Essentials: Kevin Tackles The Paris Review

August 06, 2013 | Kevin Wilder

The Paris Review publishes some outstanding writing. For six decades and two hundred issues the journal has dedicated itself to nothing else but that. Within each copy there’s at least one interview, comprising the long-running... read full article

Barefoot and Skeptical: Stress Pandemic Mixes Good Advice with the Just Plain Weird

August 02, 2013 | Kelly Cummings

I feel like I should start by saying that I’m one of “those people” who actually kind of like self-help books. Not that anyone who has an aversion to self-help books would even consider reading... read full article

The First Chapter: Walking through Publishing with Future Book Author Carla Jean Whitley

August 01, 2013 | Carla Jean | 16 Comments

The other week I received a thick envelope from my publisher. My signed contract was inside.   And now, I have to write a book.   It was literally a dream come true when I... read full article

Fear and Withholding in the Aegean: Alexander Maksik’s A Marker to Measure Drift

July 30, 2013 | Charlie Peters

Over the past few weeks, I have been spinning the audiobook of Brene Brown’s Daring Greatly and learning how to embrace vulnerability in the face of imperfection and shame. The book’s shamelessly long subtitle —... read full article

Required Reading: Hitting the Books with a High School Sophomore

July 26, 2013 | Coke Matthews | 3 Comments

Remember the shock — the horror — of leaving school for the summer and discovering you still had … homework?! Our schools’ required Summer Reading lists left even some of us who love reading dreading... read full article

Quotes by the Quill: The Wind in the Willows

July 25, 2013 | Kelly Cummings

Photo and lettering by Kelly Cummings   Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows celebrates living life as an adventure, and that’s the same feeling we get from this image. Kelly is a photographer in... read full article

Binary Cary: The Art of Racing in the Rain

July 23, 2013 | Cary Norton

You’ve heard of the stars system of reviewing: four stars is good, two and a half stars is okay, etc. … Cary hates it. What’s the point of all those shades of gray, anyway —... read full article

Quotes by the Quill: Dorothy Parker

July 18, 2013 | Kelly Cummings

Lettering by Kelly Cummings   Dorothy Parker was always quick-witted and sharp, and this quote is no exception — it certainly doesn’t feel like sour grapes to us, even in these two shades of purple.... read full article

Quotes by the Quill: Ralph Waldo Emerson

July 12, 2013 | Kelly Cummings

Photo and lettering by Kelly Cummings   We think Ralph Waldo Emerson would approve of the attention to detail and the beauty of nature captured in Kelly’s image. Kelly is a photographer in Birmingham, Alabama,... read full article

eReaders: The New Tamagotchi?

July 11, 2013 | Mollie Hawkins | 1 Comment

I was always that person, dear reader, that said things like, “I will NEVER buy an eReader! Fie! Blaspheme! I read real books! Paper! Destroying Trees!” and I meant it, I really did. There’s something... read full article

Quotes by the Quill: Margaret Atwood

July 03, 2013 | Kelly Cummings

Photo and lettering by Kelly Cummings. Margaret Atwood’s writing is haunting, unique, and at times whimsical — so we think the way Kelly interpreted her quote is perfect. Kelly is a photographer in Birmingham, Alabama,... read full article

Is Reading Twilight a Waste of Time? Not Really.

June 20, 2013 | Marc Marker

I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On -Samuel Beckett   No, I really can’t read go on reading Twilight anymore. It’s just so incredibly boring … and I could be reading so many others that... read full article