cornelia read
cornelia read
cornelia read

Before writing A Field of Darkness, most of my day jobs were gigs at small newspapers around the country, including The Oyster Bay Guardian, The Syracuse New Times, and The Boulder Weekly. I've done articles on everything from hot wings to hot tubs, Olympic skiers, vintage stoves, the Madonna Inn, families coping with autism, and the brand of Haitian rum traditionally considered your best bet for home-voodoo-altar offerings to appease the various "loa"—not least Baron Samedi.

Links to some of these pieces:

Cornelia's page on

Why I Hate Bruno Bettelheim and Am Totally Glad He's Dead

Pre-Published, With All the Joyous/AngstyTrimmings

Why I Love Cate Ludlam, and Prospect Cemetery in Queens

Dirty Words

Why I Say Yes to Drugs

Why Readers of The New York Times Might Characterize Me as a "Bobo Sociopath"

Why ADD Sucks

Why I Swear. A Lot.

And now for something completely different: Cornelia's essay on the topic of hard-ons appears in the fabulous anthology Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex, edited by the even more fabulous Ellen Sussman.