It is a policy of mine to never review something that I don’t like. I want to celebrate what I feel is the good in my culture, and not dunk on something, just because it doesn’t fit with my tastes. Which is a problem when I think about Reacher, the TV series on Amazon. Reacher … Continue reading On Reacher
I was lucky enough to receive a free, advance copy of a book from the author, Daniel Verastiqui. Like I was a real journalist or something. It felt…significant, like I was being given something to care for. I liked it. And then I had to review it. Daniel self-publishes, and that route to publishing immortality … Continue reading On Reviewing Brigham Plaza
Based on the Guardian series, here. The book I am currently reading I'm very good at starting books. The book that changed my life I guess it would be the first one I copy edited and the author didn't complain. I wish I could remember what it was. The book I wish I’d written So … Continue reading Books That Made Me
I had a blog before this one. In another country, another life… Ah. The United Kingdom. That once revered home of fair play and the sandwich, now forever besmirched by The Boris, The Brexit, and the third thing beginning with “B” that will not come to mind. But I digress. The aim of my previous … Continue reading On Reviewing
I'm a compulsive list writer. I write lists for everything - favorite books and movies, obviously. But lists of bad movies too. And a timeline of my life (under construction...my memory is really working against me there...). I have a shitlist, so I can remember the names of the truly terrible people in this world. … Continue reading A Few of My Favorite Things
Someone left these just lying around. That seems dangerous. They belong in the White House, surely.
2017 was bad. Let’s not pretend otherwise. At least globally. And nationally. And possibly even locally. But, personally, it could have been worse. I remain, somehow, in full employment. My family moved from an apartment with what seemed like a family of tap-dancing rhinos above us to a house with a yard that the dogs … Continue reading Best of 2017
I have too many books. There: I said it. I used to be a voracious reader of books, but now I am...less so. The decline set in around the time I started being paid to read academic text for a living. It broke me. If you've read unedited academic papers, you'll know what I mean. … Continue reading The To-Read Pile