Whether you’re a parent, a teacher, an employer, or just an observer of the human condition, there is a good chance you’re concerned about the youth of today. They are glued to their phones, they don’t go outside, they can’t/won’t get jobs, they seem incapable of genuine, face-to-face communication. What are we going to do with them? Take away their devices? Kick them out of the house? Throw up our hands and give up? Continue reading →
Over the last few years, much has been said against the practice of daylight saving time. It’s antiquated, it’s unnecessary, it’s confusing, it provides no benefit. I beg to differ. In fact, I wish to take things in the opposite direction. Here’s why. Continue reading →
Netflix is winning, or at least it seems that way sometimes. As of this morning, I am 3 books behind schedule in my Goodreads reading challenge. I’ve only set a goal of 65 this year, as my work schedule and other time demands make attempting to read any more uncomfortable, if not impossible. But now I have discovered a new obstacle. 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 →
Left to my own devices, the suitcase I would bring on a Florida vacation would be 90% full of books. If there happens to be any leftover room for a toothbrush and a swimsuit, great. Anything else would be superfluous. But as my wife is fond of reminding me, these are no longer viable packing options, given our current circumstances. Continue reading →
You know that moment in a book when you realize where its title came from? Sometimes it’s just a catch-all theme. Sometimes it emerges as an idea. Sometimes it’s an actual line in the book. For some reason, I always find this moment exciting. It makes me giddy. I will often mark it with one of my ever-present Post-Its, just so I can come back and relive the moment later. That’s how much I love it. Continue reading →
As I have mentioned here before, there was a time in my life when poetry was very important to me. Reading it, studying it, writing it, writing about it. I read a lot of poets during that time, by assignment and by choice. I really liked some, and I really didn’t like others.
Before I say anything disparaging, let me first make clear that I probably live in the best public library system in the country, if not the world. The facilities are exceptional, they have an unbelievably current and comprehensive selection, the librarians are friendly and intelligent and well-read. And the wait-list system itself is wonderful and very useful. Pretty much any book you can think of, my library system has it, usually several copies, often in multiple media (i.e. hard copy, large print, CD, e-book). And I can request a hold on a book from any library in the system, to any library in the system, and it will usually be there in a week or less. Very efficient and necessary to my insatiable reading needs.
In a short story I read recently, “The Language of Things Around the House” by Lydia Davis (from her Can’t and Won’t collection), she talks about words and sounds she, I actually don’t know how you’d put it: thinks she hears around the house? hears in the sounds these things make? thinks when she sees these particular things, internally, but so coherently it is almost like the impressions are words being spoken aloud. This isn’t exactly that, but I experience a similar phenomenon every time I use my debit card at the store. Continue reading →
When I went to the library this week, I was disturbed to discover that I could not seem to find the poetry section. I don’t go to this particular branch too frequently, and I knew they had recently done some remodeling, but after a considerable search, I still had found nary a tome. Finally, in desperation, I asked a librarian. Continue reading →