Well, I'm very glad I got that new, extra-large cage set up when I did, because when I made calls to find more parakeets--namely male ones--I found a mom and pop shop that had some. They couldn't guarantee that they were males, but when I went to take a look, the lady showed me how … Continue reading At last, an extended feathered-family…
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
My Copy: 9781590171332 (image from goodreads.com) Ordinarily, I don't think I'd ever consider a book like this for my shelf. For a non-fiction book, one probably best described as a nature memoir, I am amazed at how it's written. I'd never heard of it until Werner Herzog mentioned it in his Masterclass. Herzog insists that … Continue reading The Peregrine, by J.A. Baker
My Copy: 9781566197847 (image from abebooks.com) Well, don't judge a book by it's cover, even if it's that neat semi-transparent slip-cover I like for some reason. I still didn't care for the story. I only got about halfway through the book and gave up. Not my cup of tea, I guess; I'm used to Swift in … Continue reading Gulliver’s Travels, by Jonathan Swift
My Copy: 9780374524524 (image from amazon.com) I bought this version for one good, simple reason: I wanted to learn Italian that summer and figured once I'd learned a bit, I'd be able to read this one and get the gist of the language. Well, that was the plan. But I still had the book, the … Continue reading The Inferno of Dante: a New Verse Translation by Robert Pinsky (Bilingual Edition)
My Copy: 9780679722649 (Image from bookcoverarchive.com) Okay, if you've seen the classic film with Humphrey Bogart, then you've basically got the story down. I love this book. I've read it twice now and will be keeping this one on the shelves in my writer's hall-of-fame. I can't help it. Much like the film itself, the … Continue reading The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell Hammett
Well, looks like our duo's at it again, though the timeline varies between our gents being relatively young or much older and "retired." I have to say, though, for short stories, I couldn't stop until I'd read them all, and ended up doing so in one day.
I got to thinking again about maybe using a pen name when I start submitting stories again. My main reason for this is simple: my last name gives telemarketers apoplexy. I can't imagine seeing a customer try to find it on a bookstore shelf, or somebody on a book-talk radio show trying to pronounce it. It's tough enough for people I've known a while, let alone complete strangers.