A Thousand Flappers and Hobbledehoys

not merely superfluous, but ridiculous

CivilWarLand in Bad Decline: Review

George Saunders’s initial collection of stories is disturbing and thought-provoking in just the right way. Yes, his novel made me want to read everything else he wrote.

31 March 2017 · Leave a comment

The High Window: Review

After going after pornographers, blackmailers, and murderers in past novels, Philip Marlowe is on the hunt for…A MISSING COIN. But some of those other people get involved too.

27 March 2017 · Leave a comment

Universal Harvester: Review

I’m ambivalent about John Darnielle’s latest book, but there’s definitely something of value in what he writes about.

4 March 2017 · Leave a comment

Lincoln in the Bardo: Review

George Saunders’s debut novel is the best of the year so far, and definitely the book I’m going to be the most annoying about getting you to read.

26 February 2017 · Leave a comment

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell: Review

Sense and sensibility strive to control the course of English magic in this incredibly fun fusion of historical fiction and fantasy.

20 February 2017 · Leave a comment

Farewell, My Lovely: Review

Chandler’s second Philip Marlowe novel has a nastier tone than the first and amps up the dry humor.

19 February 2017 · Leave a comment

Ryan Adams Masters Constraint on His New Album, Prisoner

The singer-songwriter’s latest album builds on the late-80s sound he’s been developing on his last few records, and gives us his strongest collection of songs in a long time.

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The Big Sleep: Review

After re-reading the first of Chandler’s Philip Marlowe novels, I was struck by just how wonderfully conceived and economically presented this book and its central character are.

12 February 2017 · Leave a comment

For Better Or Worse, Real Life Will Break Out

Let’s not lose our heads just yet: live as well as you can, help those in need, fight injustice.

21 January 2017 · Leave a comment

Double Feature: Steve Jobs and The Intern

I watched these two films back-to-back, and while the experience is likely not common, it gave me a little to think about regarding what we value in our films.

3 December 2016 · Leave a comment
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