Books

This much ignorance about literature can only lead to hurt feelings and a whole lot of nonsense.

Tapping the Source

Tapping the Source

So I’d read that Tapping the Source was, in fact, the source material for the movie, Point Break. I mean, sure, there’s surfing and…

A Doubter's Almanac

A Doubter’s Almanac

This feels like a book that in 2001 would have been as popular as The Corrections. But given what feels like both an oversaturation…

Station Eleven

Station Eleven

Station Eleven is another novel in the long pantheon of post-apocalyptic novels. Granted this one is written in a much brighter and multi-colored way…

Three Days in April

Three Days in April

I’m a bit of a non-purest when it comes to my reading habits of late. I feel like I used to only choose difficult…

Cutter and Bone

Cutter and Bone

I decided, after reading one too many post-modern literary books, that I’d try a new genre. That being California crime fiction. I had no…

The Bone Clocks

The Bone Clocks

I’ve been a fan of David Mitchell over the years. I loved his mystical sci-fi stuff (Cloud Atlas) and his kind of spiritual, magical…

Then We Came to the End

Then We Came to the End

So we all remember reading Bright Lights, Big City and its mind-bending use of the second-person narrative structure. You felt immersed in a very…

Bleeding Edge

Bleeding Edge

I thought I was making a smart decision trying to read this book. After all, I’d given up on the more esoteric Pynchon in…

The Flamethrowers

The Flamethrowers

I don’t belong to a book club. Shocking, I know. But I do listen to a bunch of podcasts, among them one that occasionally…

1Q84

1Q84

Full disclosure: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is one of my favorite books of all time, so all Murakami books are judged against it. This…

Zeroville

Zeroville

I studied film in college, yet the bulk of my knowledge about film is focused around bad cable movies from the 80s. Why is…

Yellow Dog

Yellow Dog

I’ve pissed off more than one person recommending Martin Amis books. They’re not for everyone–and at times they honestly aren’t for me. Yellow Dog…

The World to Come

The World to Come

For some reason I had this minor freak-out when starting to read this book that I had somehow missed the fine print in the…

Winter's Tale

Winter’s Tale

I’m all for blurring genre edges when it comes to novels. Some of my favorite authors are blurrers. After reading this, I gotta say…

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

I’m usually a little hesitant to read translated books. What if the author meant “that” and the translator went with “which?” It just can’t…

A Wild Sheep Chase

A Wild Sheep Chase

It’s clear that this is the same man who wrote The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. The pervasive themes of isolation, loneliness and disenfranchisement in a…

White Teeth

White Teeth

For some reason I was under the impression Zadie Smith was of Indian descent. I’m not sure what possessed me to think that, but…