My Copy: 9780316204323 (image from bn.com) I've browsed through this writing guide before, and if you get long-winded like I tend to get at times (go ahead and snicker, I'll wait), then this is a great tool to read through. It's got a few exercises to try, but isn't a workbook. How to Write Short … Continue reading How to Write Short: Word craft for fast times, by Roy Peter Clark
I mean, it's not like a pair of socks. You have two distinct articles of clothing meant to be together, and woe to the poor dryer that tries to separate the two forever. When talking about part of the pants, like a specific leg, you don't call it the "pants leg", but it's "a pant … Continue reading Absurd Q #144: Why do we say a “pair of pants” or “pants” instead of “pant”? What’s with the plurality?
I got some cheap ones recently that look like a golf ball almost with the pitting on the outside (the ones pictured above are a bit tame in appearance). I didn't even realize there were smooth Moscow Mule copper mugs out there until I started browsing for pictures. But it makes me wonder: is there … Continue reading Q#116–What’s the point of those hammered indents in a Moscow Mule mug?
I recently discovered Boomerang on my channel list and was happy to have something other than TCM on for noise (or local news) for myself and the dogs. This week I had it on and there were lots of retro episodes of Tom and Jerry, Scooby Doo, etc., and it was so easy to tell … Continue reading #099–Why do 1970’s American cartoons look so murky?
My Copy: 9780735217003 (image from twitter.com) I'm sure the title gave away that this was a self-help book, and it doesn't disappoint. No worries, it doesn't curse you out throughout, but does call it the way Jon Taffer does on Bar Rescue...minus the physically in your face element. His calmer voice comes through well in Don't … Continue reading Don’t Bullsh*t Yourself!: Crush the excuses that are holding you back, by Jon Taffer
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
(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
My Copy: 9781566195546 (image scanned by me) The Brothers Karamazov is Dostoevsky's last work, and tells the story of four brothers (3 legitimate, 1 not) who have been raised apart most of their lives and come together back at home with their disgraceful father. At some point, the father is murdered, and one of these … Continue reading The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
I bet some of you were wondering if I miscounted again, but nope--apparently this is Arthur Conan Doyle's last collection of Sherlock Holmes. The very last--complete with the "I mean it this time" from the author. Hell, I'll let him tell it in his own words:
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