A personal challenge to read the world

I gave up on book challenges a year or so ago. Part of it stemmed from the fact that, as I’ve said earlier this year, I want to read what I want to read when I feel like reading it. While I still let a few book reviews impact that, I’ve stuck pretty close to […]

Book Review: The Investigation by Phillipe Claudel

Kafkaesque. It’s one of a handful of literary terms that is really overworked. But I challenge anyone to read Phillipe Claudel’s The Investigation without that word coming to mind. Ultimately, though, Claudel adds a surrealistic resolution that may baffle readers.

Claudel’s book tells of the Investigator, sent to an unnamed city to investigate a series […]

Weekend Edition: 7-7

Interesting Reading in the Interweb Tubes

Thank you for killing my novel (“This may be the most sadistic moment of belated fact-checking in the history of mankind. The New York Times, the paper of record, had written a fictitious character to verify a fact.”) (via)

America’s Move to the Right (“…that so many Liberals […]

Book Review: With Liberty and Justice for Some by Glenn Greenwald

Although many consider it little more than a holiday with fireworks, July 4 is meant to celebrate the final approval of the Declaration of Independence and its precepts. One of its key elements is epitomized in the phrase “that all men are created equal.” Granted, there was an inherent contradiction with the existence of slavery […]

July Bibliolust

My lust is getting ahead of me. I realized this week that I already have five books on my Amazon wish list that are coming out in October and November. Since that’s more than are on this month’s list, I am hoping it reflects that the publishers are trying to make their fall/winter catalogs as […]