Guys, I dove into the new book HHhH: A Novel, by Laurent Binet right after bookclub. It is funny, has a meta-narrative about how “non-fiction” authors fudge on details and fiction authors get ridiculous with too many, and is teaching me a lot about WWII. Today, I started watching the Martin Sheen narrated WWII documentary […]
Guys, I slogged through the first 75 pages. Since then (pretty much), I’ve been either completely sucked in and riveted or generally enjoying it. It is awesome. I’m on page 340 now. Start reading, it moves fast! The next club is January 15th at Jared’s new house. This break, I took time to read Albert […]
Chris and Jed referenced the Blood Eagle. Here’s the hilarious story from the collection of Wells Tower’s that we read. There’s a viking thing going on!
I have not always read or considered MLK on our nation’s holiday in honor of his life and work, but this year I am. I was not raised to care about this sort of thing – I came from the middle class white moderate climate of a 1980’s Presbyterian Church. Yesterday and today I am reading […]
This graphic memoir by New Yorker staff cartoonist Roz Chast is about aging parents dying. It is respectful, honest, and funny. I recommend it to those dealing with anything of the sort, and to any intrigued by the hype. Slate’s Audio Book Club read this book too. Give it a listen. Milady Katie liked it […]
Yesterday, or some day in recent days…. It was on Halloween…. I received George Saunders’ book The Braindead Megaphone: Essays in the mail. I got it for $4 after hearing it was something amazing. Skye mentioned how I’m really on a Saunders kick or something. And, I guess I am. He mentioned that he didn’t […]
the school barthelme The story “The School” is short and it is interesting. I have only listened to it via The New Yorker Fiction Podcast, which I listen to while driving sometimes. The other story on this podcast “Game” is also interesting, but I haven’t gotten to the end yet.
I read this book last night and this morning. A very good, literary, graphic novel, autobiography by renowned artist Alison Bechdel. It was definitely dark, but not creepy dark or abuse-y dark. Just dark dark. Up there with the best graphic books I’ve read. Heard about it on the Slate Audio Book Club, which I […]
Many of you remember when we picked Infinite Jest to read for book club last summer (2013). I’m glad I decided to veto it. That would have been crazy. Its a bit too long for club. Well, this past May (2014), I started the book over again from the beginning. I had enjoyed the humor […]