Work Memoirs!

Jillian Capewell at Bustle has compiled a list of great, escapist career memoirs.

How Wizards Do Money: Harry Potter

James Sirius Potter was such a wanted child.

How Wizards Do Money: Aberforth Dumbledore

Every question they asked about his goats was a question they weren't asking about Ariana. Or about Gellert Grindelwald and Albus. Or about the secret passageway under the bar. Or about what happened to the money in the till, when the night was over.

How ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Does Money

I approached a worn copy of E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey with the hopes that the book would be willing to give me an honest interview.

How Wizards Do Money: Rubeus Hagrid

It's not easy to tell that Hagrid is in his 80s. Giants are notoriously long-lived, but Hagrid is only half giant. He is beginning to feel his age, mostly around his knees.

A Billfold Book Review: Karen Bender’s ‘Refund’

Counterpoint Press sent me an advance copy of Karen Bender's new book Refund and I will tell you right away that—to borrow the cliché—I couldn't put it down.

The Gift Card Is The Hardest Part

I am totally 110% a satisficer. Until I'm not.

Secondhand Brawlers

Of the steady accumulation of books in my apartment, I imagine nearly half were acquired at library book sales. This includes calorific comfort reads like the complete works of Flannery O’Connor, Wallace Stevens, Elizabeth Bishop, and Isaac Babel (these seasonal sales are lousy with collected volumes). While I purchase some books new, the rest are reaped—due to ongoing financial constraints—from cardboard boxes in library common rooms. (For the sake of self-aggrandizement, let’s call these books "rescues.")

How Wizards Do Money: Arabella Figg

When Arabella moved to the house on Wisteria Walk she began referring to herself as Mrs. Figg; of course she never said anything to Dumbledore about it, since she never had to re-introduce herself to him the way she had to establish her history among the neighbors—just say Mrs., look a bit sad sometimes, they'll come to their own conclusions—but the owls started arriving late at night addressed to Mrs. Arabella Figg all the same.