Category Archives: Books

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

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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Good thing they’re on the case

This is probably one of the best jokes involving Nicki Minaj being the fat kid on the playground who told us that Mikey from Life cereal died from eating Pop Rocks (Cosmic Candy in the Midwest) and drank a Coke … Continue reading

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Well, it’s still better than the last two movie attempts

The best guess we could all make is that the baker/decorator designed this from memory since what it’s trying to resemble has been the most common cover for Fitzgerald’s novel (see below). Instead the cake resembles a relative of the … Continue reading

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Octavia Butler gets some overdue love!

Although it will require the International Astronomical Union to make it official, the brilliant people at NASA have named/dedicated Perseverance‘s landing site to Sci-Fi author Octavia Butler. It’s a shame she didn’t live to receive this, she passed away in 2006. … Continue reading

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Favorite fiction v. Philosophy

How about some examples? In the fiction department I would go with Alan Dean Foster, Octavia Butler, Michael Moorcock, Douglas Coupland and James Ellroy (he would be a bumpy journey). In the latter? There is fiction: Frank Herbert (Dune has … Continue reading

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RIP Elizabeth Wurtzel

Elizabeth’s career was riddled with problems which made her a questionable source of truth as a reporter. It may have plagued the validity of her most famous book Prozac Nation. Initially, I dismissed her as a whiney Gen X’er from a … Continue reading

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Fear by Bob Woodward

The only other book I’ve ever read by Bob Woodward was Veil way back in the early Nineties (or was it the late Eighties?) I know I was still attending Marquette when I checked it out from the library. Even so, I … Continue reading

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Star Wars: Ahsoka by E. K. Johnston

When Ahsoka Tano made her debut in Clone Wars (both the movie and series) I will readily admit that I found the character precious and annoying. Star Wars was once again drowning the franchise in saccharine-covered dialog with a kid-friendly padawan. Maybe the … Continue reading

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The Platinum Age of Television by David Bianculli

If you’re a fan of Fresh Air, then you are probably familiar with the author since he’s the TV Critic and sometimes guest host. I usually tune out the last 5-10 minutes of the show anyway because I tend not to … Continue reading

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