Cosmopolis- Book Review

by dunce two on August 26, 2014

CosmopolisFor 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 startling.  I liked it.  It was something to experience. click to continue…


Sharks vs. Zombies

by dunce two on August 25, 2014

sharkBedtime 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 another song, said a prayer, kissed them goodnight, you’re well beyond ready to move on with your evening.  Oftentimes, I am getting home from a long day of work just about the time this delightful ritual begins.  I’m hungry, I’m tired, I’m desperate to just relax and find some time for myself and not be needed for just five freaking minutes.  Many times, my attitude is not much better than this guy’s. click to continue…


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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Zombie, Spaceship, Wasteland- Book Review

July 22, 2014

I’m a sucker for a fellow bibliophile, especially a nostalgic one, but egads this was clever and brilliant and unexpected and delightful. Two thumbs enthusiastically up. Laughed out loud numerous times, though it was also cerebral and witty and intelligently humorous. If all you know about Patton Oswalt is that he played “Spencer” on King […]

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TINY: A Story About Living Small- Movie Review

July 19, 2014

Recently watched “TINY: A Story About Living Small” on Netflix.  Whoa!  The film/documentary was written, produced, and directed by its stars Christopher Smith and Merete Miller.  If you want a detailed factual synopsis of what it’s about, you can go to IMDB or check out the movie’s website.  Or, if you have Netflix, you can […]

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Top 10 Signs You May Not Be Staying in the Nicest Hotel in Town

July 10, 2014

Had the opportunity to drive cross country with my family here recently.  Was inspired to create the following list, in a style admittedly similar to but not in actionable infringement of one of David Letterman’s Late Show Top Ten.  Here it goes [Disclaimer: the conditions described are fictional-ish, and are here shared for strictly humorous […]

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Road Rage- Johnson County Edition

July 2, 2014

Driving home from work last night, I stopped at the last stop light before I turn into my neighborhood.   A few seconds later, glancing in my rear view mirror, I noticed a car pull up behind me.  A newer Chevy Malibu.  White.  And I happened to notice that there was a girl/woman driving the […]

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