Book Review

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 […]

Twitter Feuds

Up until a couple of days ago I had no idea Twitter Feuds even existed and now two  (!)  have  come to light. The first is a feud between The Bloggess (Mother of Beyonce, the Giant Metal  Chicken) and William Shatner (Father of Space Travel and Discount Hotels). Apparently William Shatner refused her gracious dinner […]

Who Isn’t Just A Little Bit Julie and Julia?

I just finished reading Julie and Julia by Julie Powell. I have heard some readers did not enjoy it, regarding Julie as whiny and self-indulgent, but I get her, I really do. Because what better illustrates the dark underbelly of the American Dream than Julie slogging her days away at a grunt job while saving her […]

Books Books Books

I’m not as far behind in reading as you would guess by my lack of postage. I have completed books 3, 4 and 5, but I have not yet gotten around to reviewing them yet. I have completed Decoded by Jay-Z, Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. I am […]

Book Two – The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games. This book really blew me away. I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did, I initially read it only because a friend lent it to me via Nook. I thought it was so cool that I could sit here in Buffalo reading a book sent to me by a […]