Put Simply, “Fourth of July Creek” is an Outstanding Novel Worth Picking Up

It’s been said that the mark of a good book is in the author’s ability to instill a sense of forgetfulness in the reader. That through a compelling story, sharp characters and some good, old fashioned surprises, the engrossed reader forgets he’s even inching through a book at all. Such books are always worth talking [...]

I Mean, Academia Likely Ruined Reading for Most Folks, Right?

I will now type a very adult sentence: I actually read something great in this past weekend's Wall Street Journal. A feature -- "Who Ruined the Humanities?", which is surprisingly un-WSJ and available without a pay wall here -- touches on the meaninglessness of collegiate literary studies. Now the main takeaway from this whole screed [...]

Spike Heels, Slit Skirt and High-Impact Accessories

"How odd a figure I must seem to you now, a solitary crank who maroons himself with a TV set and dozens of stacks of dust-jacketed comic books. Don't think I wouldn't appreciate a dramatic visit between two and three in the morning," he told her, "from an intelligent woman in spike heels and a [...]

“Omnivore’s Dilemma”, a Few Words

I'm a little late to this train, but this week I read a great book by Michael Pollan, called "Omnivore's Dilemma", in which the author breaks down the American food system, following our dinner from the farm -- or factory -- to the table. A couple of health-crazed friends of mine had suggested it, said [...]