A bittersweet day

Today is my 26th wedding anniversary. As I’ve indicated before, I would not survive were it not for the woman who has been the best part of my life. And while perhaps it’s becoming too routinized, she will once again today receive a shipment of tropical flowers from her “happy place” (Hawaii) and we will […]

The print-blog battle continues

Richard Schickel, film critic for Time magazine and “a frequent book reviewer” for the L.A. Times, uses that newspaper’s op-ed pages to launch the latest salvo in the apparently escalating war between print book reviewers and those, like me, who review online. Here’s the part I find most offensive:

Let me put this bluntly, in […]

Who, me?

While doing some research Monday, I stumbled across a site called Newsmeat, which has a search engine for political contributions over $200 dating back to 1978. Out of curiosity, I plugged in my name. I was more than a little surprised when it indicated I contributed $353.35 in August 2004 to a political action committee […]

Finding co-obsessives

Okay, it’s time to come clean on an obsession. But I have to thank Sam at Book Chase for leading me to this column by David McKie in The Guardian for giving me the courage. It came came only because they showed me I am not alone.

My (our) obsession? Whenever I see pictures of […]

Thursday marginalia

I think this game is actually recycled from a couple years ago but it’s still insightful nonetheless. (Via.) More on the so-called battle between print and internet book reviewers. Christopher Hitchens’ s God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything evidently helps contribute to The New Yorker (via) and The Nation (via) joining the […]