Weekend Edition: 2-27

Bulletin Board

Looks like the author of The Last Train from Hiroshima, which I reviewed last month, got scammed by a faker. The phony information wasn’t discussed in my review.

Blog Headline of the Week

39% Of Bagged Salad Is Gross, Some Has Poop

Interesting Reading in the Interweb Tubes

Temple built 6,000 years before […]

Favorite Film Friday: Midnight Cowboy

For whatever reason, I don’t recall where or when I first saw Midnight Cowboy. But I do know that from that very first time, one scene and piece of dialogue has stuck with me.

“Ratso” Rizzo, played by Dustin Hoffman, and Joe Buck (Jon Voight) are crossing a street in downtown New York City against […]

Midweek Music Moment: Hey Jude, Beatles

Granted, it’s a compilation album. And it comes after both Sgt. Pepper’s and Abbey Road. That said, Hey Jude, a/k/a The Beatles Again, was long my favorite Beatles album — and remains among my favorites 40 years after it was released.

Some don’t consider this an “official” Beatles album because it is a compilation. Released […]

Musing Mondays: Keepers

Do you keep all the books you ever buy? Just the ones you love? Just collectibles? What do you do with the ones you don’t want to keep?

I wish.

For a long time, I did keep virtually every book I bought unless it was one I really disliked. For a long period of […]

Feeding and assessing a foreign literature addiction

I’ve written several times about my increasing interest in addiction to literature in translation. More than a third of the fiction I read last year consisted of works in translation. Last week certainly contributed to it continuing.

Let me first note that I’m charter subscriber to Open Letter Books, so I automatically get 10 works […]