My Copy: 9780867195958 (image from bn.com) It's amazing how far Gen's come as a young boy, and how much farther still to become a good man. This fourth volume of the Barefoot Gen story continues with our hero and his family trying to make ends meet, even as things get stranger and tougher. The Americans … Continue reading Barefoot Gen, vol 4: Out of the Ashes, by Keiji Nakazawa
My Copy: 9780393609394 (image from amazon.com) I was curious what I could learn from this book--and it taught me a lot more than I thought...and in a hurry, too! With all the crazy things that've gone on the past month, I haven't had a chance to crack open a book in weeks. Glad I got … Continue reading Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, by Neil deGrasse Tyson
My Copy: 9780760726242 (image scanned by me) Sheesh, all these classics and I aren't getting along very well. Considering I've got some Irish in me, I'm a little miffed that I couldn't get into this one. I tried four times over the past month, re-read the introduction twice, and then when it came down to … Continue reading A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, by James Joyce
I'm declaring Feb 21st - 22nd, 2018 as my rock bottom, and I'll be damned before I let myself get that far down again: emotionally, physically, and financially. The epiphany I had in mid January really came to a drastic crossroad this week, and I really have to put the pedal to the metal and … Continue reading This week on the trip to rock bottom…
I've bounced back and forth on this question, because I love to write--and have been trying to get my writing chops back. But I am fuzzy on how to become a good writer, and how to develop your portfolio so people take you seriously, and want you to write for them. What little I can … Continue reading #059–How do you develop the credentials needed to be considered freelance-writer material?
My Copy: 9780756653484 (image from my scanner--the book's a bit big for the glass) You could say I’ve already read and reviewed its “sister-atlas.” I thought perhaps I had two copies of the same one by accident (I do tend to be buy-happy with atlases in the bargain bin). The Atlas of World History is … Continue reading The Atlas of World History: Mapping the Human Journey, ed. by Jeremy Black
My Copy: 9781558743663 (image courtesy alibris.com) The first time I read this book, I spent most of those two hours curled up on my bed with my left hand over my mouth, eyes wide, with an occasional head-shake of disbelief while my right hand turned the pages. I didn't know much about the prevalence of … Continue reading A Child Called “It,” by Dave Pelzer
My Copy: 9780880292610 (image from abebooks.com) Well, we all knew this one was coming, the most famous story A.C.D. ever wrote, so much so that it's been translated into several languages, made into dozens of films, plays, radio shows, and even video games (I might have one of those, now that I think about it). I'm … Continue reading The Complete Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles (#5 of 8)
I noticed last week that one of my bosses told me "I trust you" when it came to the front-desk work that I'm still learning about. Being that I'm the senior-most employee working that section, (and that's a helluva shocker), it was a bit startling.... And that I don't recall hearing that phrase much, if ever.
If you're anything like me--someone who grew up watching too many Western films on VCR or classic movie channels--then you know what I'm talking about here. The lone rider is on his horse, looking over the vast expanse with a few bushes, rocks and scattered little trees (or cacti, if it's the desert). The sun rises and he sets off (or it sets and he makes camp)...