TV as Company

by dunce two on October 10, 2014

tvI have read here recently, from a couple of sources (Jonathan Franzen and/or Ann Patchett, I think), that reading is a lonely business, and that writing is a lonelier business still.  Even movies can be a lonely endeavor.  Have you ever had some time alone, and gone on a movie-watching binge, one after the other, barely stopping to eat or sleep or do anything but watch?  It’s delightful, in its way, to be sure, but can also feel intensely lonely. click to continue…


Life, Once Removed

by dunce two on October 8, 2014

selfie lifestyleMy son and I ran a 5K this weekend.  It was for a good cause, and it was fun.  The weather was brisk, and we weren’t trying to break any speed records, so we enjoyed some good conversation.  Overall, it was a good learning and bonding experience. click to continue…


Ann Patchett- This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

September 30, 2014

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is the first Ann Patchett I have read.  Without reservation, I loved it.  While reading, I think I may have developed just the tiniest bit of a crush on her, as is often the case, I am almost embarrassed to admit, with many of my favorite authors.  […]

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Thinking Makes It So

September 30, 2014

I have been experimenting recently with the “power of positive thinking.”  I know, I know.  Like many of you, until just recently, I thought it was all just so much new age hooey.  But there is really something to it.  Hear me out.

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Cosmopolis- Book Review

August 26, 2014

For reasons I am still trying to wrap my head around, Don DeLillo’s White Noise moved me more than any book I had read in quite some time.  Not in an altogether good way, or bad way.  I found it both pleasant and intensely disturbing.  It was familiar and horrifying, and thus both comforting and […]

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Sharks vs. Zombies

August 25, 2014

Bedtime with young kids can be pretty special.  By the time you’ve given them a bedtime snack, cleaned up the snack, brushed their teeth, caught them eating another snack, brushed their teeth again, put them in (ideally, but not necessarily) clean pajamas, read them a book, sung them a song, read them another book, sung […]

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Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

August 13, 2014

Okay, seriously.  Was I the only guy growing up in the ’80s and ’90s who wasn’t playing Dungeons and Dragons?  Seriously?!?!?!?!?!?!  Other than that…

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Too Happy to Write?

August 11, 2014

I know what you’re thinking; give me these problems!  But I wonder if this truly exists.  I think about this now because, as I mentioned in a previous post, in Joshua Ferris’s To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, he describes the main character’s ex-girlfriend, who he hired to be his office manager, but then […]

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To Rise Again at a Decent Hour- by: Joshua Ferris

July 31, 2014

As I believe I have mentioned, most of the books I read were recommended to me by trusted literary friends.  Sometimes I will read a book simply because I have read and enjoyed the author in the past.  Occasionally an article or review of a book will pique my interest, though I fear spoilers, so […]

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No Hope for Gomez! – Book Review

July 29, 2014

In my self-assigned role as a self-proclaimed book critic/reviewer, there are some challenges, not the least of which is how to deal with a book you did not love.  Especially when the author shows signs of real talent, and particularly when that talented author has generously shared a free copy of his book with you.  […]

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