I've been stalling and completely incapable of stringing two sentences together about White Teeth by Zadie Smith. It's a book worth writing about and discussing. I've just been a little tired and distracted. Then I found out that Zadie Smith was 24 when this book was published. Well, that kicked my almost 27 year old … Continue reading White Teeth
A Canticle for Lebowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr. is a book club book and thank goodness for that, because there is a lot to process in this one and I did a little speed reading toward the end to finish in time. The book is split into three parts which, from my understanding, were … Continue reading A Canticle For Lebowitz
I'd like to, in an official way, thank all Independent Bookstores for all that they do. Not only because it was recently Independent Bookstore Day but also because one of the Independent Bookstores me has a bookclub that I joined and met some wonderful people and read a slightly weird book. Lincoln in the Bardo … Continue reading Lincoln in the Bardo
More and more I'm encountering popular books and movies which are by most accounts entertaining enough but if too much thought, or any, really, is given to them they simply don't hold up. They're toxic bubblegum. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is a timely example and now I'm adding Artemis by Andy Weir to the list. … Continue reading Artemis
There is nothing quite like a Terry Pratchett book to cleanse my reading palette. The man writes in exactly my kind of witty. This is the second Discworld book I've delved into the first, Small Gods, took the solemn topic of religion and turned down every witty and clever road to make light of it … Continue reading Eric
The goal was to get from Dublin to Galway. My dad had arranged for a car rental but without even having to talk about it we both knew neither of us wanted to drive in, or really even near, the city of Dublin. We could have managed, sure, but if you don't have to, why … Continue reading May 19 2017: Winging It!
Holy hiatus, Batman! A new city and a new gig have kept me distracted and away from my books for longer than I like. I've finally adjusted to a new schedule and when I haven't been exploring I've been working my way through The Bad-ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer. I was happy to … Continue reading The Badass Librarians of Timbuktu
I was on this trip to Ireland with my dad because because I just graduated from UW-Madison and my parents bought me the flight tickets as a graduation gift. Given that my major was English and in my last semester I took a James Joyce class I was psyched to check out some sort James … Continue reading May 18, 2017: Joyce, Jameson, and New Friends
Our first full day in Dublin started with some phone calls and messages over breakfast. As I've said before our Airbnb was very central so as soon as we were up and ready to go we walked across the street to O'Sheas Merchant and Ned O'Sheas for some breakfast and planning. We had been in touch … Continue reading May 18th 2017: Books and Lunch in Dublin!
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles is the type of book that I would look at and assume it's going to be a very literary novel in the most depressing slightly difficult to read sense. The very premise, a Count from Russia is deemed an "unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal" and is sentenced to house … Continue reading A Gentleman In Moscow