About Cody Walker

Cody Walker's most recent book is The Self-Styled No-Child (Waywiser, 2016).

The Kangas of the World

My five-year-old daughter and I have been reading Winnie-the-Pooh this week. In the seventh chapter, the nativist Rabbit tries to drive out recent arrivals Kanga and Roo by kidnapping Roo and then blackmailing Kanga into leaving the Forest. (“That’s not…

Get Back

I injured my back in mid-April—and my recovery, or lack of recovery, has been, at times, painful and demoralizing. So I’ve spent much of the past two months on my living room couch. I’ve been reading a lot: reports of…

Clowns: The Week in Review

I’m a fan of short forms: the clerihew, the cartoon caption, the political tweet. As such, I enjoy reading the rating summaries that appear at the end of New York Times movie reviews. A. O. Scott, one of the paper’s chief film critics,…

Closer Yet He Approaches Us

I’ve made it a habit, from time to time on this blog, to note Whitman’s birthday. The day has come round again; the great gray celebrant is 197 years old. I probably think about Whitman in some small way every…

Forget I Said It

According to a recent essay in the New York Times, Americans feel pretty awful on Mondays. Google searches for “depression” and “anxiety” are at their highest; searches for “jokes” are at their lowest. But wait: Don’t we seek out laughter…

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