“One More Thing” by B.J. Novak

one more thingIt’s hard to rate a book of short stories with a single “out of 5 stars” rating. Some of these stories I would definitely give 5 stars (e.g. “Sophia,” “One of These Days We Have to Do Something About Willie,” “Closure”). There were a couple in the beginning that were pretty raunchy. The J.C. Audetat one wins the “one of these things is not like the other” award. The “Kindness Among Cakes” wins for “shortest yet still thought-provoking.”

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We Are What We Pretend To Be

kurt vonnegutWhat feels like a very long time ago (does anyone remember 2011?), I reviewed a book called Record Collecting for Girls, by Courtney Smith.  In that book, she talks about what it means to be a true fan of a particular band.  Everyone has bands they like, and many of us have multiple CDs (or itune equivalents, for you new techno hipsters) from a particular group or artist.  But Courtney said that the true sign of a true fan is someone who has every recording of everything the group has ever recorded ever.  EVER.  Like obscure before-they-were-famous albums.  And live recordings from concerts in like Budapest in 2003.  VHS copies of live performances on The Tonight Show (and if, hypothetically, you ever obtained a scratchy bootleg from a guy in a dark alley on the way home from a concert, she would probably include that as well).  If you have made it your quest to have at least one copy (and sometimes multiple copies, just to be safe) of literally everything, then you are a true devotee. Continue reading