Monthly Archives: January 2017

Book Review: Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

Reading this book is like learning to speak another language. It is frustrating, illusive, and so densely furnished in its culture as to feel utterly inscrutable. The first part of the book attempts to teach you, albeit impatiently. It gives … Continue reading

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Why Say Anything?

Let’s all just be nice. Let’s all just smile. It is best, you see. No one can hear you scream, no one can feel your concern. Better silent and smiling than snarling and upset. You see, it’s all so simple. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Lost At Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries by Jon Ronson

Journalists have book deals. They write for papers and magazines and when a certain quota of not-too disposable articles are written they are collected and sold as a book for a new and separate audience. That is what this book … Continue reading

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Pieces from the Novel #2: A Hole in Creation

I face the edge looking out, hues of purple and blue gliding across the earth below. I feel them moving. Tribes, towns, and cities of phosphorescent billions crisscrossing like apathetic phantoms. Continue reading

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Book Review: Them: Adventures with Extremists by Jon Ronson

I was going to introduce this as Ronson’s first book and my third (of his), but a cursory look at his Wikipedia entry tells me that that is in fact not the case. I hate to start a review with … Continue reading

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Book Review: Earth Abides by George R. Stewart

This book should have been easy. I say this with hindsight, with the whole of the apocalyptic genre between myself and it. It should have been easy to follow the last man. It’s episodic, almost self-written. Lonely, thrilling, philosophical, introspective, … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

Dashiel Hammet put me off the whole hard-boiled detective/noir genre. I’ve always loved the idea. Simplicity, attitude, and a touch of the literary. It’s a tough world, riddled with greys. What joy there is in hardening the souls of your … Continue reading

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