I Love It Because It’s Trash

One of the things I love about the collaborations between famous musicians and Sesame Street (aside from that it was my first introduction to people like Yo-Yo Ma [click here for the Beethoven Quartet for Two Honkers, Dinger, and Cello] and Itzhak Perlman [click here for a lesson on easy and hard – one of… Read more »

How to Love a Song

There’s a post I want to write about cellos and my revision (as I’ve mentioned); there’s a post I want to write with many, many cello recommendations; but this post is refusing to be either of those posts and insisting on being a post about one song. Thanks to Yo-Yo Ma’s Vevo, I can share… Read more »

Boats and Bartók

I promise I won’t use my Bitterblue cover as my post picture for the rest of all time, but for now, I just can’t help myself. I’ve been working on Bitterblue for almost four years, and haven’t really been able to express how it’s made me feel. Now that I finally have a cover to… Read more »

Even Better Than Aretha Franklin’s Hat

I grew up in a house where a lot of classical music was played, and a lot of Sesame Street was watched. I bet I heard the traditional Shaker tune “Simple Gifts” before I could even talk, thanks to Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring;” I’ve kind of idolized violinist Itzhak Perlman ever since I saw him… Read more »


I am determined not to yammer about the election in today’s post. But I am also extremely nervous about… um… the thing I’m not going to yammer about. Therefore, the order of the day is: DISTRACTION. First, my recent interview with the Shelf Elf. The Elf Herself asks some great questions. If you could live… Read more »


(This is my new battle cry, invented by my publicist, Sarah. Do you find, as we do, that it is immensely satisfying when bellowed?) Trying to lay low these days, not work too much, not get too crazy. I spent last week proofreading Graceling for the UK edition and doing a couple of interview things…. Read more »