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Book Review: Machine of Death’s “Vegetables”
June 5, 2013 No Commentby

Book Review: Machine of Death’s “Vegetables”

By Bobby Forand Nearly everyone spends hours wondering how they are going to die. The collaborators of Machine of Death ...

Book Review: Buddhaland Brooklyn
November 13, 2012 59 commentsby

Book Review: Buddhaland Brooklyn

Soon, it will be winter. You’ll look out over brown fields and at empty branches, and though you understand that ...

Gotschall ‘Storytelling Animal’
May 19, 2012 9 commentsby

Gotschall ‘Storytelling Animal’

“Tell me a story.” Put on the spot like that, one’s mind tends to go blank. Based on the context, ...

Leith's 'Coincidence Engine' Digs Deep, Dark
May 3, 2012 11 commentsby

Leith’s ‘Coincidence Engine’ Digs Deep, Dark

Somewhere, the spirit of Douglas Adams is crying foul over Sam Leith’s new novel The Coincidence Engine. Lifting from the ...

Hayhurst Hurls Personal ‘Out of My League’
March 15, 2012 22 commentsby

Hayhurst Hurls Personal ‘Out of My League’

A female acquaintance of mine once complained about baseball that “All it is, is a bunch of guys standing around ...

O’Nan’s ‘The Odds’ Rolls Double or Nothing
March 1, 2012 33 commentsby

O’Nan’s ‘The Odds’ Rolls Double or Nothing

Two books take place simultaneously within the slim confines of Stewart O’Nan’s new novel The Odds. One tells the story ...

‘Lost Saints of Tennessee’ Find Redemption
February 16, 2012 21 commentsby

‘Lost Saints of Tennessee’ Find Redemption

There’s an iron fist inside the velvet glove that is Amy Franklin-Willis’ new novel, The Lost Saints of Tennessee, a ...

'Stranger's Child' Estranges Interest
January 19, 2012 20 commentsby

‘Stranger’s Child’ Estranges Interest

Boredom, identical in effect, is the offspring of a million causes. I can happily watch the moon rise over the ...

Offer Editor the Antidote? Maybe
January 5, 2012 8 commentsby

Offer Editor the Antidote? Maybe

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, because I despise the inevitable disappointment I feel when I break them slightly more ...