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 →
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 →
I have been amused by every David Sedaris book that I have read. As is so often the case with talented and prolific authors, each new one I read becomes my new favorite. This was the case with Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, not, I don’t think because this is necessarily his most funny, but because it was, to me anyway, his most relateably human. Continue reading →
Who are your heroes? And how do you feel about meeting them? I saw George Saunders at a reading a couple of months ago, and immediately went on a crazy Saunders kick. (I’m sure he would cringe at the “hero” reference. He strikes me as a happy but really easygoing and unassuming guy. But what do I know? I only saw him for about an hour addressing a room of about 400 other people). I have been a fan for a while now, but seeing him in person inspired me. In Persuasion Nation was first on my list. Continue reading →
In three separate venues in today’s various airports Sylvanshine had found himself locking eyes with thirty-year-old men who had infants in high-tech papooselike packs on their backs, their wives with quilted infant-supply bags at their sides, the wives in charge, the men appearing essentially soft or softened in some way, desperate in a resigned way, their stride not quite a trudge, their eyes empty and overmild with the weary stoicism of young fathers.