My Copy: 9780684837871 (image from goodreads.com. My copy has the old Scribner cover art I can't find for an image) I'm batting 0 for 2 so far with Ernest Hemingway. I stopped at page 134, and was so frustrated I went straight to bed afterward, determined to put it in my catch-and-release pile. Islands in … Continue reading Islands in the Stream, by Ernest Hemingway
My Copy: 9780679745365 (image from bn.com) I've read Oleanna twice (being it's so short) and I'm still not sure how I feel about this play. The dialogue is full of clipped speech, pauses, and the like, very suitable for the stage, but when you get imagining it, it's surprising how fast things change. I think … Continue reading Oleanna, by David Mamet
My Copy: 9780684829579 (image from bn.com) I had a hard time getting through this slim volume because there was just so much to it. The writing style is pretty lofty for those who aren't expecting it, and the first few pages could throw you for a loop. I still got sucked in anyway, because it … Continue reading The Empty Space, A book about the theatre: Deadly, Holy, Rough, Immediate, by Peter Brook
I think this is the third time I've watched this flick this week, after not seeing it for at least a decade. I'm not sure what it is about this flick, but it's on again, starting over in the living room. And no, before you ask, I haven't seen the FX series that's come out. … Continue reading #085–What Makes Fargo Such a Good Movie?
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
(image from amazon.com) I admit right now: I didn't finish it. This one's been sitting on my shelf for a decade. I suppose I should've read it the day I bought it, then I may have liked it better. I've heard from people who have read this book long before I did that the best … Continue reading The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
(Image from theconversation.com) I am one of those people. I am a true crime book reader, and a fan of movies, miniseries, documentaries, and t.v. shows about true crime. I find myself watching, fascinated, by what's going on, or what happened in a particular case. It's not about a fascination with the killer exactly; it's … Continue reading #046–How much would the conversation change if the media focused on the victims instead of the killers?
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
My Copy: 9780140042597 There are some things I can appreciate with this book, and others I just can't grasp. I promised myself to get through at least 100 pages of any book I'm reading if I can't quite get it. Made it through page 123 before giving up. I can appreciate the unique writing style, in … Continue reading On the Road, by Jack Kerouac
My Copy 9781580053143 Wow--this month I'm touching on all kinds of subjects and authors I'd never really read about. As far as I know, I'd never read any of Ms. Valenti's other books or her blog. On it's own merits, I'll say The Purity Myth is a rather tough read--emotionally. It's also not a book I … Continue reading The Purity Myth, by Jessica Valenti