One of my favorite authors, Kurt Vonnegut, has passed away.
Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.
~ Kurt Vonnegut
Vonnegut had a way of showing the absurdity in history like no other.
1492. As [...]
The book discussion group that some friends and I have been keeping alive for the past few years now has a Google Group set up for questions, announcements, and general discussion. If you’re in the St. Louis area and are at all interested in getting involved in an extremely casual book discussion group, feel [...]
DailyLit is a free service that emails you small sections of a book or other piece of literature daily. Now a portion of my reading time is built right in to the time I spend checking email. Currently I’m subscribed to Poems by T.S. Eliot. I’ve had to tweak my spam filters [...]
10 flagrant grammar mistakes that make you look stupid.
Sarah and her team, “Code Red,” are competing to become the next “20-Buck team” writing for the Post-Dispatch about good times that can be had for $20. Sarah is a great writer and her team’s a lot of fun. If you have a few seconds, go and vote for Code Red. Help a [...]
It was a cold, damp, and not altogether fruity afternoon as the fish hurled themselves out of the water. It was cold because the water was very frigid. It was damp because water has that property. And it was not altogether fruity because there was not very much fruit in the stream [...]
Lauren has another book review up, this time about Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Novel.
Sometimes over the top, sometimes overly sentimental, this story is indeed extremely loud and incredibly close. But Oskar Schell’s tenderness is almost impossibly beautiful. His navigation through a complicated, painful, young life with eyes wide open is a gentle reminder [...]
My sister, Lauren, reviews The Year of Magical Thinking.
Didion steers away from resolution, yet she is not cynical. Her writing is luminously vulnerable, though never sentimental. Religious, scientific, literary, and ultimately human, this story is simply one woman’s journey through memory on the stumbling path towards acceptance.
Woohoo! I won Free Book Friday at About Contemporary Literature.
You are Wallace Stevens. You love everything,especially the sound of things. Too bad youare so obscure that at times even you don’tunderstand what the hell you have written.
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