The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes is a slim novel of memory, mis-memory, and self-perception.
Where was I? Oh, yes, to Margherita, other children look like Bianca. Margherita is also Greta, and has played the role of Gretel. Captain Blicero moves through his own space. Greta once heard talk about “F-Gerat.” There is a seance with curtains of Imoplex G, the fabric of the future.
Slothrop falls off the boat [...]
Part Three of Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow is a bit long, so here are the first fifteen or so sections. Things get a little confusing for a while, but still there is an atmosphere of a comical espionage story.
Slothrop is now in the Zone, home of the rockets. Enzian is introduced as the head of Schwarzkommando [...]
Tim’s Weiner’s Legacy of Ashes is a history of the CIA as seen from a moral perspective. This is problematic as spying is not an ethical, or even legal, business; spies who are caught often face the death penalty for treason. As a result, it is probably no surprise that the CIA and its men fall short in Weiner’s estimation.
Don DeLillo has always been a big gap in my reading. For whatever reason, there was always something I wanted to read more whenever DeLillo’s name passed in front of me. But it was time I got to know something about the man and so I decided to start small with Pafko at the Wall, [...]
Great stories happen to those who know how to tell them. This sums up my respect for Hunter S. Thompson. I read his books in junior high and went slack-jawed at his gonzo lifestyle. He felt like the patron saint of breaking out from the bureaucratic, life killing nonsense, infested with an anger over what [...]
The Middlesteins is the story of a Jewish family living in the suburbs of the mid-west. It centers around Edie, a grandmother whose habit of finding comfort in food has led to a weight problem that affects her entire family. There are points of humor, but for the most part it is a touching portrait [...]
A little while ago I was having coffee with a new friend, the writer of the very entertaining personal-adventure blog Semi-Rad. We were talking about good travel writing, and he mentions Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, which happened to be in my bag that day. When talking about personal journeys, self-discovery, [...]
John Kennedy Toole’s Confederacy of Dunces does its best to capture the atmosphere of New Orleans through a handful of larger than life zany characters. These characters continually run into each other creating the affect that the city itself consists of only about twenty or so people, each of which has their own quirks and [...]
I mentioned a bit ago that I had put the last book I wrote, THE COMMITTEE, up for sale on Amazon’s Kindle platform to understand what authors’ experiences have been. I was surprised at the ease of the process and, once the book is available, how quickly changes can be made. The experience has given [...]