Books

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

Every Man a Menace

Every Man a Menace

First, the title Every Man a Menace is fucking awesome. I don't know what it is, but the construction of it, the word "menace," just everything about it sounds cool. Now...
Forest Dark

Forest Dark

I won't lie, it took me some time to get through this one. I'm normally a big fan of Nicole Krauss' work, but this one left me scratching my head. I had, to date, read...
The Nix

The Nix

I constantly feel like I don't read enough. I used to read quite a bit. But life comes at you. Podcasts come at you. Everything seems to take priority over reading a...
The Dry

The Dry

I seem to be throwing myself around the literary world of late. I swing wildly from science fiction to detective stuff to post-modern nonsense to literary fiction and...
Dark Matter

Dark Matter

Fuck yeah, time travel! Wait, not time travel? Oh man, this is some multiverse shit, isn't it? It is. And just thinking about it now breaks my brain. And unlike the...
Imagine Me Gone

Imagine Me Gone

Mental illness is a bitch. It's also one of — if not the — favorite topic of just about every single modern literary fiction novel ever. Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder...
Snow Crash

Snow Crash

I know there are some people out there who like this book. I know this because one or two of them recommended it to me. If only I could remember exactly who they were...
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

I came to this novel with very little idea of what it was about. The title, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, doesn’t give any indication. And the cover is...
Eileen

Eileen

I came to Eileen with little to no idea what it was about. I mean, I had a vague notion that it was about a girl or woman named Eileen, but I think the title probably...
Slade House

Slade House

David Mitchell is an interesting author. In theory he generally writes very literary type novels, but then he has this Stephen King / Neil Gaiman streak that brings...
Everything Matters

Everything Matters!

Reading in the world of media over-saturation has become a challenge. I have just too many options, what with on-demand music and podcasts and the ability to download...
Point Omega

Point Omega

It's been a bit since I picked up a Don DeLillo book. Truth be told, there was a time when I picked them up quite a bit. But I've sworn off the whole post-modern thing...
Meet Me In the Bathroom

Meet Me In the Bathroom

This book is the real deal. And, look, man, I know of which I speak. I interned at Capitol Records in 1992, I.R.S. In ‘93. I worked at Interscope in ‘97/‘98 and...
Moonglow

Moonglow

Moonglow is my sixth Michael Chabon book. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that with the exception of Murakami, Vonnegut, Don DeLillo, Stephen King, David Mitchell...
The Last Good Kiss

The Last Good Kiss

I really never gave genre fiction a fair shake. I've read it on and off over the years, but it wasn't until the last few years that I figured out that I can't go on reading...
Ready Player One

Ready Player One

I was recommended this book way back before Spielberg decided to make his divisive movie out of it. Because of course he did. I was told, probably based solely on my...
Here I Am

Here I Am

Look, man, I'm a Foerhead. Ok, that doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, but suffice it to say that I'm a fan of Foer's work and had been waiting with baited breath for...
Stranger In a Strange Land

Stranger In a Strange Land

I should know better than to read old sci-fi and assume I won’t get annoyed by the fact it is outpaced by reality. In other words, a book like Stranger in a Strange Land...