Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

by dunce two on August 13, 2014

mr_penumbras_24_hour_bookstoreOkay, seriously.  Was I the only guy growing up in the ’80s and ’90s who wasn’t playing Dungeons and Dragons?  Seriously?!?!?!?!?!?!  Other than that… click to continue…


Too Happy to Write?

by dunce two on 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 (unwisely) did not fire after they broke up, going through a period where she experienced this phenomenon.  She used to write poetry, but then found that, in this blissful “honeymoon” period of their relationship, she was simply too happy to write. click to continue…


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 […]

Read the full article →

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.  […]

Read the full article →

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 […]

Read the full article →

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 […]

Read the full article →

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 […]

Read the full article →

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 […]

Read the full article →

“Can’t and Won’t” Stop Going to Book Stores

July 1, 2014

My favorite thing to do (within reason) is browse in bookstores.  I like looking, seeing the books, watching people, watching what other people are reading/buying/looking at.  I found myself in a bookstore recently (would find myself there daily, if I had my druthers).  Was grabbed by the cover of Lydia Davis’s collection of short stories Can’t […]

Read the full article →

What is nostalgia?

June 26, 2014

In a book I have been reading recently, White Noise by Don DeLillo, a character named Murray posits: I don’t trust anybody’s nostalgia but my own. Nostalgia is a product of dissatisfaction and rage. It’s a settling of grievances between the present and the past. The more powerful the nostalgia, the closer you come to […]

Read the full article →