Book Review: Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned by John A. Farrell

Statues and busts have advantages over the heroes and icons they depict. Any imperfections are superficial, unlike human flaws. Their character is fixed, not subject to further research and analysis. But anyone who insists folk heroes must be paragons of virtue ignores the reality of human nature. Even — and perhaps especially — those with […]

Weekend Edition: 6-11

Worthwhile Reading in the Interweb Tubes

Ode to a Four-Letter Word (“There is, after all, no such thing as an intrinsically bad, boring, or lazy word. There is only how it is deployed, and one of the pleasures of profanity is how diversely you can deploy it.”) (via)

Blog Headline of the Week

Apparently, God […]

About that TBR pile

I am quite proud of myself. During three bookstore trips in our two weeks in Hawaii, I bought only three books, two from the local indpendent. I read all three while there (finishing one on the plane ride home). In keeping with my usual practice when I am visiting a place for more than a […]

How I spent my summer vacation

I know. Unofficially, summer just started and, by the calendar, it’s still a couple weeks away. But to celebrate our 30th anniversary, my wife and I (and kids) just spent two weeks at our favorite place on earth:

We returned last week from what is our third family trip to “the Big Island.” We’ve […]

Book Review: After Midnight by Irmgard Keun

It is difficult to conceive of coming of age in a society where politics permeates and controls all aspects of life, from relationships to what you say or do. Even firsthand accounts of life in places like Nazi Germany are limited because they can largely reflect only the perspective of the author. As a result, […]

Weekend Edition: 6-4

Too many hours on airplanes and in airports leads to an abbreviated edition:

Blog Headline of the Week

Boy Wishes He Hadn’t Sold His Kidney For An iPad 2

Bookish Linkage

A library is many things

Nonbookish Linkage

Persons with the most optimism and cheerfulness die younger than their less positive counterparts. Serves them right, […]