Books

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

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 the…

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 and…

John Dies at the End

John Dies at the End

I decided with this one to break out of the box and read something outside of my typical genre. Granted, I’m not sure this is…

It's Superman!

It’s Superman!

I honestly never asked myself about Superman’s high school years, nor how he came to be a reporter at The Daily Planet. I never really…

The Intuitionist

The Intuitionist

I’ve heard this type of fiction called “fantastic realism” in recent years. Although I’m not sure that really fits in this case. Maybe, as in…

The Inheritance of Loss

The Inheritance of Loss

These Indian books kill me. If it isn’t the constant talk about pooping, it’s the amazingly confusing national and religious structure that just boggles my…

Zuleika Dobson

The Illustrated Zuleika Dobson

Yet another in a long list of books that are completely embarrassing to be seen reading in public, this one even includes fey New Yorker…

If On a Winter's Night a Traveler

If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler

I’m pretty sure this is the first novel I’ve read translated from Italian. Apparently American and British authors haven’t cornered the market on post-modern storytelling…

The Ice Strom

The Ice Storm

Wow, talk about bleak… This is one of those books that I had wanted to read for a while, after seeing the movie a bunch…

Humboldt's Gift

Humboldt’s Gift

Sometimes I feel stupid. Sometimes I feel like books are written with academics in mind, and I’m on the outside looking in. Sometimes I like…

Hoe the Dead Live

How the Dead Live

I read a Will Self book many years ago, and to tell you the truth, I understood about every other word. The guy’s vocabulary is…

How Soon Is Never?

How Soon is Never?

Is that Gilbert Gottfried on the cover? An odd choice, to be sure, but somehow appropriate given the first act of this book, which is…

House of Meetings

House of Meetings

Why are people allowed to be despicable in wartime? Why are all of man’s base desires and impulses laid bare when society has cracked and…

House of Leaves

House of Leaves

Trying to describe this book in words is like attempting to explain my pure hatred for George Bush in plain English–it’s twisting, complicated and ever-growing….

Honeymooners

Honeymooners

Certainly not the first book to be written about heavy drinking writers and their exploits. The difference here is that Kinder lived the life, and…

The History of Love

The History of Love

This book is oddly similar to Krauss’ Husband’s book, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. You have dead fathers, old men who turn out to not…

Hangover Square

Hangover Square

No, I’m not that much of a nerd that I actually just picked this one at random. I am, however, that much of a geek…

Great House

Great House

Nicole Krauss is a hell of a writer, that much is for sure. Her prose is lyrical and smart without being overly complicated or intentionally…

The God of Small Things

The God of Small Things

I’m not sure what it is about me and books set in India or about Indians. It’s not necessarily that I seek them out, but…