My name is Leslie, and this is a bit about me (and mine):
I’ve always been curious, exploring more than less, and rarely capable of tongue-biting. I love creative and intelligent storytellers, words involving the letter v, and knee socks.
I have an undergraduate degree in English Literature. And hope to pursue a Masters in Library Science. Needless to say, Stories interest me. So does helping people build their personal libraries (and those of their loved ones). I’m presently employed as a Children’s Lead Bookseller for Barnes & Noble, however, this blog is my own. The postings on this site are my own and do not represent Barnes & Noble’s positions, strategies or opinions.
I created omphaloskepsis as a place to write about reading books and film outside the University classroom and as an excuse to write differently than the usual review blog. I chose “omphaloskepsis” because it is a favorite word. And my blog is a bit self-indulgent; which doesn’t mean I do not try to be conscientious and honest–because I do.
Posts will look a bit more like Reader Response Notes than the typical 3-paragraph-mostly-summary Review. There are sure to be things I dwell on continuously, either things I look at when I read, aspects I think may interest a reader, or even subjects occupying my mind for whatever reason. However, I do take practice of reading and writing seriously.
I will read pretty much anything. I adore the creative, the short, and the absurd. If I discriminate against anything, it tends to be the memoir, travel narrative or a certain historical period. I read a lot of Juvenile Fiction because of the daughter. First, I was curious what she was reading, but then I found some to be really entertaining, thought-provoking and just flat-out brilliant and inspiring. Natalya has since moved on and beyond Teen shelves.
THE DAUGHTER (aka N aka Natalya) is 15. She is an avid reader and brilliant with it. It is unsurprising that she is opinionated, but she is frighteningly articulate. She is a young author of essay, story, and poetry. She helps edit my writing projects and I value her opinion on several topics. We can be found geeking out on Bookish and Writerly things.
SEAN (my husband) is an Artist and Architect who likes to read. Better, he reads things I don’t think to read and he doesn’t mind massive tomes or years long series. I pick his brain about music and I rarely watch everything he does. He is brilliant and I hope you will get to know him a bit here as well.
I welcome feedback, even thoughtfully stated disagreements. Please leave me reading recommendations or links. And I thank you for your regards. This blog has an email address: omphaloskepsis (at) stonhaus[dot]com