Summer is a great time to get started on that stack of books that you’ve meant to tackle for some time; between sunning by the pool, jet-setting all over the world and just having a break to finally breathe from the mayhem of everyday, non-summer life (for the lucky ones, that is), this list is your answer to breaking out of reality and getting lost in some great prose.
What is connotation? Recently I was giving a presentation, and I talked about a word’s connotation. “Traditionally, for many, doubt has a negative connotation.” Someone interrupted me mid-sentence, in front of everyone, “uh, I think you mean denotation.” Um, excuse me, but I am a lawyer, and I was an English major before that, and an avid reader and word lover/enthusiast always, and I believe I know the difference between connotation and denotation better than you do, thank you very much. Also, even if you were right (which you’re not), it’s extremely rude to interrupt someone and try to make them look stupid in front of a group. And it’s especially obnoxious if you’re also wrong. But then, of course, I went straight home and looked up both denotation and connotation in the dictionary, and this is what I discovered: Continue reading →
By now we’ve all read or seen or heard about The New York Times article skewering all-male book clubs. These groups, consisting entirely and exclusively of men, purportedly get together and do nothing but read books by men about men. And, we can only assume from the context, also drink whiskey and tell sexist jokes and reminisce about the good old pre-women’s suffrage days. Whether this is genuinely newsworthy or just calculated clickbait, I’m not sure, but one thing is certain; the corresponding outrage is real. Continue reading →
Yo, yo, yo! You know what time it is! It’s been a long time comin’, but we ’bout to hash this beef out once and for all. Through the years, these two great white hopes have been pitted against each other in a brutal grudge match. The people want this settled once and for all: who is the greatest white rapper of all time? Continue reading →
Is there anything more millennial than this taking a noun and making it a hip-sounding new “-ing” gerund trend? Googling, texting, tweeting, Facebooking. That’s about all I thought Adulting by Kelly Williams Brown was going to be, a novel-length collection of snide millennial hipsterness. I was…wrong? Continue reading →
If you’re looking for a great book recommendation, you could certainly do worse than Sarah Vowell’s The Wordy Shipmates. Strike that, the book was amazing, who am I kidding? I guess I feel like kind of a book nerd admitting this, but Vowell makes history fun. Exciting. Hilarious! I know, I couldn’t believe it either. But there you have it. Continue reading →
It’s happened again! After several months on the library waiting list, it was finally, finally my turn to get my hands on the book I had heard so much about: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. I was so excited! I had heard so many good things. That it was one of the great works of contemporary literature. Moving. Award-winning. Incredibly done. Continue reading →
Calling all book nerds, anarchists, and dunces! We, thedunce academy need to kick this revolution into higher gear. We need to let the internet know that we are one of the best cyber book clubs around. We need to rival other book sites like Goodreads and BookRiot and Amazon. They’ve got nothing on us. I want a book list and I want it now. Let’s spread reading and our love of books. Let’s start a fire. Find a book, give it to a friend, a stranger, your mailman, your enemy. I don’t care at this point, we just need to spread the word. Continue reading →