Category Archives: Books

Books I’ve read lately, in the past or about the authors.

Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond

I finally finished a book! We all (including myself) thought I’d get a bunch read during Covid. No luck. I was really guilty of starting a few, then getting bogged down, forgetting to continue and then losing all the momentum … Continue reading

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RIP Barbara Ehrenreich

Barbara was a great writer and activist who told it like it is! Like most, I never heard of her until she published Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America which came out in 2001. Even then, Barbara was … Continue reading

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RIP David McCullough

Sad to hear the passing of David and it was weird to be notified via the mailing list of a publishing company. Normally I find out through Twitter or the newspaper sites. Still a major loss to the world because … Continue reading

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Writ Large came to an end

Last year or in 2020, I think I stumbled upon Writ Large via the Onion‘s AV Club which I no longer bother with thanks to the shitty Gawker owners (yet they don’t own nor operate the new version of Gawker) using underhanded tactics to screw … Continue reading

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My new bookshelves!

I decided to treat myself with a major personal upgrade now that I have recovered my office for the new tile floor and especially for successfully clearing out the room. It was nothing but a messy, hoarding nightmare filled with … Continue reading

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Wade Watts’ cousin!

I loved the novel Ready Player One, but as a film it was a turd-filled burger right after the poster was released. Above is a mannequin who is also based upon Wade Watts’ poorly airbrushed leg. Oh wait. I just remembered, … Continue reading

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P.J. O’Rourke, one more selfish Boomer finally dead

The news came rather late about him passing away from lung cancer, I would’ve gone with smug or intestinal cancer from eating his own dog food, a favorite insult I often received from an incredibly lazy Libertarian co-worker. To many, … Continue reading

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1302: Dante expelled from Florence

As many famous Italians artists of the Renaissance, we Americans only know the writer by Dante’s first name and are often stumped when asked, it’s Alighieri. The world also just knew him for his poetry but full-time writing came somewhat … Continue reading

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RIP Anne Rice

I’m confident all the Hot Topics and indie Goth Stores will have their flags at half mast for a while. I also wonder if Anne ever got a settlement for all the money White Wolf games owed her for ripping … Continue reading

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How fitting, we’re seeing A Christmas Carol today

This will be my first time at the Zach Theatre. I’ve lived here for 27 years and never bothered. I’ve been to plays and operas at UT, just not the local theater group. Jennifer has seen this production before so … Continue reading

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A little Dune humor that’s at least a decade late

I always preferred what Evil MoPac says, “He who controls the Pumpkin Spice, controls all the White Girls (Susies).” And before you ask, yes, I managed to catch the movie on opening weekend and I’ll write about it…eventually since I’m … Continue reading

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Italian #57: Licia Troisi

For starters, her name is pronounced LEE-cha TRO-easy, not, what I’m predicting from lazy American English, LEE-sia TROY-see. I’m also going to be upfront, I don’t know much about Mrs. Troisi other than I was thrilled to find a person … Continue reading

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Italian #56: Niccolò Machiavelli

Much like Orwell, Dickens and Kafka, poor Niccolò shares the distinction of being the second oldest author I know of, whose surname became an adjective everybody thinks they know the definition of…yet, the real person was nothing like it. Most … Continue reading

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Italian #55: Mario Puzo

This request is from my cousin Dana and I will use the famous Mario to kick off a round of authors since writing has been a great domain for Italy and its descendants since Dante’s Inferno. We all recognize his most … Continue reading

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That’s one way to guarantee borrowing, not sure about reading

This borrowing library would be funnier if its books and magazines were filled with adult-level-reading material! Publications such as The Economist, New Yorker or tedious novels on par with James Joyce’s Ulysses or Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow. My stupid idea is derived from a story my … Continue reading

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