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It’s the first day of November and I’m extending my streak to twenty years of not participating in NaNoWriMo. If that term is unfamiliar and you don’t have the inclination to click on the link that I toiled and sweated over — not that I’m complaining — here’s an abbreviated introduction. NaNoWriMo is twee code… Continue reading NoMoNaNoWriMo (not that there ever was any)
It’s been a long time since I wrote a book review. I don’t feel really comfortable doing book reviews, because they require some wisdom and contextual insight that I lack. But sometimes it’s enough just to say here’s a book I like because… and then let you, the perceptive reader, decide whether what I like… Continue reading Three Books About Music and Stuff
I was captivated by this photo someone shared on Twitter and tracked it down in the Library of Congress archives. It’s an undated, uncredited picture of what some have dubbed the “Mark Twain Tree” (which is how it was titled on the Twitter post). I can’t confirm this (and, in fact, I doubt it; see… Continue reading An exercise in observation and creativity
I finished Tom Perotta’s novel, The Leftovers [Kindle | iBooks] this weekend, and found it to be both compelling and unsatisfying. The book was published in 2011, and if I ever heard anything about it, I had forgotten it. But it’s recently been getting new press due to the film adaptation that is scheduled to appear… Continue reading Book Review: “The Leftovers”
My pal and former Midlander Bear Mills has published a new novel entitled The Ecuadorian Deception (available via Amazon.com in Kindle and paperback formats). I finished reading it over the Christmas holiday and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys suspense novels seasoned with a healthy heap of [obscure] history. I’m not a huge fan… Continue reading Book Review: “The Ecuadorian Deception”
If you dig apocalyptic novels, here are two that should be on your reading list.
A few weeks ago, during a post-dessert foray through Barnes & Noble, my eye lit upon a book resting on a table, notable for its thickness and heft, entitled 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die (And 10,001 You Must Download). Now, normally, when I find a book that looks promising, I look for… Continue reading Book Review: “1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die”
There’s a good reason for the solid non-blogging going on around here lately: I’ve been reading. You know, like, books. You might find something of interest among the group, so here are some brief reviews. The linked titles lead to Amazon.com, where you can either order the hard copy version, or download the Kindle version;… Continue reading Five Book Mini-Reviews
Note: What follows is an entirely accurate account. It’s not my fault if “accurate” equates to “boring.” We went out for dinner tonight, not wanting to be the only people in Midland who didn’t do so. If there’s a restaurant in our fair city that’s not making money, it’s because the owners want a tax… Continue reading A Trip to the Bookstore