Book Review

My Plan to Become a Born-Again Voracious Reader

I’ve been a big reader for as long as I remember. The last few years I have been slacking off though. Mostly because there are a million distractions from binge watching Vampire Diaries to live tweeting reality shows to trying to find the end of the internet. I think another problem is that I tend […]

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Giving the People What They Want: Hemingway, Fitzgerald

I’m not sure when my blog became the go-to for 1920s era American expatriate writers, but it’s kind of funny. I love to look in from time to time on what brings people to my blog. What searches lead people to your blog?

Honey, Reddit Blew Up My Blog

I don’t usually bother checking my blog stats on my WordPress App on days when I haven’t even posted a new entry, but my email was blowing up with new subscribers, links and comments, so I checked it out: Yes, those are real stats. This little stream of consciousness blog, which averages maybe 50-100 visits per […]

My Favorite Nora Ephron Movie

I’m saddened, as are so many, by the death of Nora Ephron. She was funny and snarky and real and her dialog is second only to Aaron Sorkin. Her diner scene in When Harry met Sally is a classic and sadly that is pretty much how I order meals. I don’t seem to have the […]

Hemingway Summer

A new post up at Pensive Pelican http://pensivepelican.blogspot.com/

Horrifying New Entry in the Young Adult Mystery Genre

Any high school senior will attest to this. Sorry the image is so blurry, but the cashier at Barnes & Noble already thought I was insane. And more Barnes & Noble fun, which may be redundant for anyone also following me on twitter: Fun idea for Barnes & Noble: pick up 50 Shades of Grey […]

Books on my Pending List

I’m buying this: I went to the Library and took out: The Profiler: My Life Hunting Serial Killers and Psychopaths by Pat Brown Becoming Jimi Hendrix: From Southern Crossroads to Psychedelic London, the Untold Story of a Musical Genius by Brad Schreiber The Garden of Eden by Ernest Hemingway Any questions as to why this […]

F Scott Fitzgerald Made Ernest Hemingway Look at His Naughty Bits

Seriously. I just finished reading A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway. It’s Hemingway’s account of being young and poor and writing in various Paris cafes (FYI, there are no current openings for this. I already checked monster.com, so don’t bother looking). I began reading this book after seeing a review of A Paris Wife by […]

Domestic Violets: Corporate Shenanigans or Literary Legacy

Imagine a fictional  son of John Updike (Couples and Rabbit Updike, before he begin living entirely in his own head). Add healthy doses of Dave Barry and Scott Adams and sprinkle with a little hipster. This is Tom Violet, the snarky, mis-employed son of critically acclaimed, womanizing author Curtis Violet. Matthew Norman’s Domestic Violets details […]

Bumping into Things Reading The Help

Even for someone who thinks they know a lot about the civil rights movement, the portrayal of 1963 Mississippi in The Help is astonishing. I was born around this time and can’t comprehend that in the span of my lifetime, the historical equivalent of a blink of an eye, African Americans were thought of as scarcely human. While […]