Books

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

The Neon Bible

The Neon Bible

Yeah, I’m just not feeling this one. I mean, I get it and all, but it feels too much like one of the twelve…

The Namesake

The Namesake

As is typical of Indian novels, this is a tale of family and all the fucked up things that happen to them. And of…

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh

Michael Chabon likes themes. He likes the outsider surrounded by outsiders. I read Wonder Boys a while ago, skipping Chabon’s first novel to concentrate…

The Moviegoer

The Moviegoer

For a novel called The Moviegoer, there ain’t a whole lot of movie watching going on. I guess Percy was just stuck for a…

Motherless Brooklyn

Motherless Brooklyn

It’s as if my subconscious didn’t want me to finish this one. I was about three-quarters of the way through when I left it…

A Million Little Pieces

A Million Little Pieces

Let’s just start off by quoting one of my favorite drunk subway riders of all time: “Drugs is bad.” Never has that been as…

The Mezzanine

The Mezzanine

In college we did some pretty nerdy stuff. For instance, we named all of the rooms in our fraternity based on that semester’s occupants…

Matchstick Men

Matchstick Men

I had no expectation that this was going to be a great work of literature. I didn’t think it was going to change my…

Man Walks Into a Room

Man Walks Into a Room

I had no idea that Nicole Krauss was the wife of Everything Is Illuminated author, Jonathan Safran Foer, before purchasing this book. It proved that…

A Long Way Down

A Long Way Down

Suicide is not really that funny–at least not in that haha kind of way. It is, however, the subject of an attempt at a…

Life of Pi

Life of Pi

My initial feeling before reading this book was that if it was handled incorrectly, it could be a disaster. Worse than being a disaster,…

The Lay of the Land

The Lay of the Land

Having read both The Sportswriter and Independence Day (although not in the correct order) it only made sense for me to read this, the…

Kafka On the Shore

Kafka On the Shore

Fantastic realism I think they call it. Or mystic concretism. Maybe trippy groundedness? However you classify Murakami, this book certainly pushes the boundaries between…

Juliet, Naked

Juliet, Naked

Did you ever have that cool uncle? You know, the one that was 38 and drank and smoked and cavorted with hot young thangs…