David Halberstam

Any serious reader of nonfiction must be saddened by the death of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author David Halberstam. I’ve read only a handful of his nearly two dozen books. Those I read, though, left no doubt about his talents.

The Best and the Brightest is certainly among the greatest, if not the greatest, one […]

Book Review: Into That Silent Sea

I’m still trying to figure out if the news in the days preceding the release of Into That Silent Sea: Trailblazers of the Space Era, 1961-1965 symbolizes irony or progress.

As the subtitle indicates, the book examines the first efforts by the U.S. and the Soviet Union to put humans into space. One of the […]


The lull continues, although as the books read list indicates, I am inhaling what borders on pure oxygen for me. I also have a stack of library books and books on the way from online sellers, including Better World Books, where a portion of the proceeds goes to literary projects worldwide. Still, I have insufficient […]

Pulitzer honors

When I agree with both Oprah and the Pulitzer Prize Committee on a novel, you know it’s got to be good. Well, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road today won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Gee, I wonder where my picking it as one of my books of the year ranks with that and Oprah picking it […]

A major icon lost

There is no other way to put it. I was totally and absolutely stunned to read this morning that Kurt Vonnegut died Wednesday night. Given his age (84), it is not totally unexpected. Still, there is that feeling that a void has suddenly appeared in my literary soul.

It is somewhat embarrassing that I can’t […]

The USHL and the Frozen Four

This year’s Frozen Four again showed some of the best and the competitiveness of college hockey. None of the number one seeds in the four regions made the final grouping. Michigan State, a “bubble team” just prior to tourney selections, ended up the champion, winning Saturday night with 18.9 seconds left on the clock. The […]