My Copy: 9780679735250 (image from npr.org, link to recently published version) I blame my incessant watching of Apocalypse Now for making me read this book at this moment...though it wasn't a hard sell. I'd wanted to read it for some time, and I'm glad I did. Dispatches is kind of an experience, and a much … Continue reading Dispatches, by Michael Herr
I've seen it probably a couple dozen times by now. Hell, for some reason I've watched Apocalypse Now every night for a week, I'm guessing as some morbid therapy to show me some people arguably having a far worse month than I. Except for Kilgore (Robert Duvall), of course. I know I like the film, … Continue reading #079–What’s the Big Deal about the film “Apocalypse Now” (1979)?
I was hoping to review The Georgics by Virgil today, but let's just say I gave up in frustration because the poetic nature just got too baffling for me to continue. I used to like poetry, or trying to read it, but I don't get it anymore. Maybe I never really did, and just thought I … Continue reading #070–What makes poetry…well, poetry?
My Copy: 9781580056793 (image from goodreads.com) I can't remember the last time I read a non-fiction book that felt like I wasn't reading a book. I felt like I was talking to an honest girlfriend (and I don't mean the cursing bit; I curse a helluva lot more than my girlfriends, dammit). For the record, … Continue reading How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t: 14 habits that are holding you back from happiness, by Andrea Owen
My Copy: 9780312422196 (image from amazon.com) For a thin work, it's complex as hell. Regarding the Pain of Others is a book for anybody who questions the use of photography in art or media, photography that can show cruelty and violence, and what we're supposed to take from it in our society. I've bumped into … Continue reading Regarding the Pain of Others, by Susan Sontag
(Photo Credit: nbcnews.com) I am so sick of this crap. I'm sick of these killings. I'm sick of these "woe is me" stories of a guy who can't hack it and says "screw the world, I'm taking you all down with me." I'm tired of white men (NOT BOYS, DAMMIT!) who haven't figured out that … Continue reading #044–Why don’t they call white male mass shooters “terrorists”?
My Copy: 0553245473 (image found on kobo.com, link cover is updated version) I have been a huge fan of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin for half my life. I just love the world of the brownstone on West 35th Street, New York, and the quirks, familiarity, and attitudes of our characters. And yes, … Continue reading Three Men Out (Nero Wolfe), by Rex Stout