Recent Reads – May 2017

Since We Fell – Dennis Lehane Dennis Lehane is such a smooth, supple writer. He gives his characters real depth without ever slowing down his stories, and he’s a master plotter. But this new book didn’t do it for me….

Recent Reads – April 2017

On the Road – Jack Kerouac Phew! What a long, strange trip it’s been. I read this book simultaneously on audio (read by the amazing Will Patton) and paper. I finished the audiobook first and then kept going with the…

Thoughts on Paul Auster’s 4321

“Auster’s first novel in seven years,” the cover of 4321 proudly states, though for me this is the first Paul Auster I’ve read since 2003’s Oracle Night. I tried but could not finish The Brooklyn Follies, Man in the Dark,…

Living Your Best Life

Sheets of rain are running down the hill where I live. It’s an amazing sight. When I look out my dining room window, where I have a 180-degree view of the city and the bay, all I see is orange…

Recent Reads – March 2017

Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders There was a time when George Saunders was one of my favorite writers. I loved his first two books, CivilWarLand in Bad Decline and Pastoralia. But then my interest waned as his star…

Thoughts on Dr. Strange

1) I didn’t catch the bad guy’s name but it sounded like Yo Momma 2) As a bearded man, should I be offended that whenever someone’s down in the dumps in a Hollywood movie, they grow a beard? 3) It’s…

Thoughts on Arrival

I finally watched Arrival. I’d been looking forward to seeing it, because I love the short story it’s based on (“Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang) and the soundtrack by Jóhann Jóhannsson, so my expectations were high. And they were…

Recent Reads – February 2017

The Drawing of the Three – Stephen King I’ve lost count of all the times I tried reading the Dark Tower series and got stuck in this book. If I wasn’t on a journey now to (re)read every Stephen King…

Recent Reads – December 2016

Time Travel – James Gleick If you get all tingly and happy at the wonderfully paradoxical possibilities of a history of time travel, this book is for you. It’s a mix of hard science, popular science, and retrospective of major…

Favorite Books of 2016

The best books I read this year in no particular order: The Prestige – Christopher Priest Nora Webster – Colm Tóibín Live by Night – Dennis Lehane The Postman Always Rings Twice – James M. Cain A Whole Life –…