Weekend Edition: 11-22

Random Observations

Where was I 45 years ago today? Sitting in a Catholic school second grade classroom.

Why aren’t I surprised? Although U.S. airlines claim to have rescinded or reduced their fuel surcharges because of the dramatic decline in gasoline prices, many of them simply “folded the amount of the surcharge into the airfare.”

Bookish […]

Booking Through Thursday: Reviewer obligations

I receive a lot of review books, but I have never once told lies about the book just because I got a free copy of it. However, some authors seem to feel that if they send you a copy of their book for free, you should give it a positive review.

Do you think […]

Midweek Music Moment: Double Fantasy, John Lennon

So is it the quality of the songs or the fact John Lennon was murdered three weeks after Double Fantasy was released that makes it special?

There’s a lot of good things to say about Double Fantasy. But there’s an equal amount of bad, with bad spelled Y-o-k-o O-n-o. While you don’t criticize a friend […]

Musing Mondays: Whatcha readin’?


Hunger by Norwegian writer Knut Hamsun. A book I recently read on the siege of Leningrad during World War II mentioned this book containing among the most powerful descriptions of the stages of hunger. The novel, written in 1890, stuck in my head and I decided to pick […]

An inauguration present from Bruce

Bruce Springsteen has confirmed that a new album, Working on a Dream, is set for released on January 27, one week after Barack Obama’s inauguration. As I noted before, Springsteen debuted the title song at a Nov. 2 Obama rally in Cleveland and dedicated it to Obama. It also comes just five days before Bruce […]