Books

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

Six Bad Things

Six Bad Things

I didn’t really realize this book was a sequel until I was half way through it. I didn’t know it was the second in…

The Silver Swan

The Silver Swan

I’m honestly not certain why authors write books under pseudonyms. I mean I kind of get it. If you want to write something as…

Seven Types of Ambuguity

Seven Types of Ambiguity

Ambiguity is one of those words that I only understand in context. As a stand-alone word, it’s slippery and ever-morphing. I’d be hard-pressed to…

The Sea

The Sea

There’s something about the way that Banville writes that just kind of casts a pall over everything. I guess the best adjective I can…

A Scanner Darkly

A Scanner Darkly

My mind hurts a little bit after reading this book. I suppose that’s Philip K. Dick’s intention when he writes these bizarre mind-bending tales….

Running With Scissors

Running With Scissors

The fact that a real human being actually went through all of this and survived is hard to believe. He didn’t fight in a…

The Road

The Road

The first thing I did when I got this book was rip the Oprah Book Club sticker off the front. It’s not that I’m…

The Raw Shark Texts

The Raw Shark Texts

Trying to describe this book is somewhat akin to trying to describe color to a person blind since birth. The adjectives are all there…

Ragtime

Ragtime

I must admit that I felt a little funny reading this one on the bus. I’m sure more than one person thought I was…

Rabbit, Run

Rabbit, Run

I’ve avoided reading this classic for years. There is something about committing myself to a whole series of books without knowing what I’m getting…

Purple America

Purple America

This book should come with a warning to stay away from razor blades, open windows and stores of narcotics. Trust me, you’ll want to…

The Pregnant Widow

The Pregnant Widow

I’ve read a bunch of Martin Amis books over the years. And I gotta say that he can be of a bear sometimes. Books…

Post Office

Post Office

While somehow pulling an A- in college in philosophy 101 without ever cracking a book, I remember precious little of what I babbled on…

Possible Side Effects

Possible Side Effects

With the controversy that swirled around the revelation that A Million Little Pieces was more fiction than not (something that I intuited in my…

The Polysyllabic Spree

The Polysyllabic Spree

So this is a book about reading. More correctly, it’s a book about Nick Hornby reading. This thing is basically a compilation of a…

The Plot Against America

The Plot Against America

I can’t believe that Philip Roth plays to Middle America. I mean the guy couldn’t be more Jewish if he shat dreidels and dressed…

Pattern Recognition

Pattern Recognition

So I read this whole book and I’m still not really sure what pattern recognition is. Granted I got like a C- in calculus…

The Pale King

The Pale King

Nobody ever said David Foster Wallace was an easy read. Granted, some of his books are easier than others. I got through Infinite Jest,…

On Beauty

On Beauty

After reading White Teeth I pretty much decided to read anything and everything that Zadie Smith put out. It figured to not be a…

Oh, the Glory of It All

Oh the Glory of It All

It’s amazing how the voice in a lot of these modern memoirs sounds the same. It’s kind of a weird, snarky approach that is…

Number9Dream

Number9Dream

Ambition can sometimes get the best of you. Thus is the fate of David Mitchell’s second novel. Meant to be a sort of metaphysical…

The Night In Question

The Night in Question

This guy was probably only a couple classrooms away from me while I was reading Ibsen plays at Syracuse. I never saw the guy,…

Night

Night

The first thing I did when picking up this book is rip off the Oprah sticker from the cover. Really, does this woman need…