Tabs open on your screen right now:
-“Artist sketchbooks” Google search (for teaching)
Article from Portland weekly Willamette Week about how the Portland NAACP pulled out of the upcoming Women’s March b/c the organizers refused to talk about race, saying it was “too political” for the march.
Image search of “telecaster headstock,” article on how a sound wave moves through air, image search for “tabletop zen fountain” (for a story I’m working on)
Listening Guide for Jace Clayton’s terrific Uproot: Travels in 21st Century Music and Digital Culture

If you had to brag about yourself:
Very good with names.

Best breakfast:
Avocado pancakes at Mar-Shell’s, Cromwell, CT (RIP)
Broccoli cheddar omelette at Cedar Lane Grille, Teaneck, NJ
Sweedeedee breakfast plate at Sweedeedee, Portland, OR
Huevos Rancheros at San Jalisco nee Los Jarritos, San Francisco, CA

Sweetest thing:
My 22-month-old son doing interpretive dance to “There’s a Little Wheel Turning in My Heart”

Your rituals (writing or not):
When there is something I really want/need to do (e.g. go to bed, sit down to dinner), finding many small tasks to do in order to avoid doing it.

Least impressive thing about you:
My sense of spatial relations.

Favorite space to write:
I had a beautiful writing shed in the backyard of my first house in Portland, but then the landlord sold the house and we had to move.

Best book nobody talks about:
I mean, who is “nobody”? I would always welcome the opportunity to talk to anyone about Denton Welch’s In Youth is Pleasure.


SARA JAFFE is a fiction writer living in Portland, OR. Her first novel, Dryland, was published by Tin House Books in September 2015. Her short fiction and criticism have appeared in publications including Catapult, Fence, BOMB, NOON, matchbook, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. She co-edited The Art of Touring (Yeti, 2009), an anthology of writing and visual art by musicians drawing on her experience as guitarist for post-punk band Erase Errata. She is currently working on a collection of short fiction called Hurricane Envy.