“…for fiction, imaginative work that it is, is not dropped like a pebble upon the ground, as science may be; fiction is like a spider’s web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners.” ~Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own (Chapter 3).
If I were to characterize my life, I would say it is one that revolves around story. Throughout my life, I have been fascinated with stories, both fabricated and factual. I can’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t reading. Books have created some of my favorite memories, challenged my paradigms and introduced me to colorful characters and exotic locales. I especially love reading novels and memoirs, but I also enjoy reading about current events and pop culture. I like discovering stories told through film and television, although I have only recently begun to see that television can be an art form just as riveting and powerful as film. I’m a people-watcher, and I am just as fascinated by the stories I encounter in everyday life as I am by those found within the pages of a book. I chose the Virginia Woolf quote above as the inspiration for this site’s name because it embodies the importance of story in our lives. Fiction may be just that, but it still has an inextricable bond to reality. As we explore both the grand narratives of our cultures and the beauty in stories from everyday life, we become more comfortable with our own stories and with others’ stories as well. The ability to connect with others through common reading experiences and shared emotions has always been important to me, and I hope that this site serves as a place to carry on a continued conversation about things that matter.
For anyone who doesn’t know, my name is Alexis. I am fortunate enough to live and work in the sunny coastal city of Santa Barbara, California. This blog contains my thoughts and reviews on books, film, and television, as well as occasional discoveries I stumble upon in my Southern California life. I write occasional fiction, so these updates appear under the “My Fiction” category. Please email me with questions, comments and/or suggestions; I look forward to hearing your story as well.