My 5 Favorite Books of 2018: Part 1: Contemporary Literature

If you wonder why I haven’t, you know, been writing a lot, it’s because I’ve been reading–a lot (115 books so far). Also I’ve been taking a break to realign my critical gears but I digress. This article is part 1 of 2. Last year I wrote a longish article about my favorite and least favorite books that I had read in 2017. Because I … Continue reading My 5 Favorite Books of 2018: Part 1: Contemporary Literature

An Obsessive Reader's Guide to Cambridge's Bookstores

The buying of more books than one can read is nothing less than the soul reaching toward infinity. – A. Edward Newton Yelp can only do so much. If you are committed bookworm with an insatiable appetite for new books like me, then you know that Yelp and all those shopping guide websites are rarely accurate. Because I have been unable to find a comprehensive … Continue reading An Obsessive Reader's Guide to Cambridge's Bookstores

Less Important Things That Happened on My Birthday: A Few Tragedies, Jokes, and Jokes about Tragedies

It’s your birthday and we are all compelled to make you the awkward center of our unwanted attention. Try to enjoy it. – A birthday card A few crotchety old men have told me that my generation only cares about what has happened in their lifetime and ignore the rest of history. The arthritis ridden finger waggers have a point. I imagine everyone in my … Continue reading Less Important Things That Happened on My Birthday: A Few Tragedies, Jokes, and Jokes about Tragedies

An Obsessive Reader's Guide to Boston's Bookstores

I have this weird obsession about buying books and looking at them with a smile, even if I won’t read them soon. At least they are mine now. – Anais Nin Yelp can only do so much. If you are committed bookworm with an insatiable appetite for new books like me, then you know that Yelp and all those shopping guide websites are rarely accurate. … Continue reading An Obsessive Reader's Guide to Boston's Bookstores

"It’s Like a Conversation in Your Head—I Swear I’m Not Crazy": A Few Podcasts to Recommend to Your Friends Against Their Will

No one cares to speak to an unwilling listener. An arrow never lodges in a stone: often it recoils upon the sender of it. – Saint Jerome in a letter to Saint Augustine, the OG unwilling listener Is it possible to be a college student in 2018 and not subscribe to at least 3 podcasts? Can you even walk into a coffee shop and not … Continue reading "It’s Like a Conversation in Your Head—I Swear I’m Not Crazy": A Few Podcasts to Recommend to Your Friends Against Their Will

A Lack of Nuance: Review of "A Lucky Man: Stories" by Jamel Brinkley

A Lucky Man by Jamel Brinkley 240 pp. Graywolf Press. $26.00 In books such as Less Than Zero or Winesburg, Ohio when the characters are all affected by problems (nihilism and narcissism, and mob mentality and provincialism, respectively) their reactions are used as critiques of their milieu/generation. In A Lucky Man, Jamel Brinkley’s debut short story collection that follows black men and black boys from … Continue reading A Lack of Nuance: Review of "A Lucky Man: Stories" by Jamel Brinkley

Waiting for Another Novel: Review of "Waiting for Tomorrow" by Nathacha Appanah

Waiting for Tomorrow By Nathacha Appanah (1973-) Translated from the French by Geoffrey Strachan 156 pp. Graywolf Press. $16.00 If someone were to ask the question, “What would a novel that sacrifices basic narrative tools such as dialogue and the gradual release of a plot, but is full of beautiful descriptions look like?” the answer would be Waiting for Tomorrow. The story of Waiting for … Continue reading Waiting for Another Novel: Review of "Waiting for Tomorrow" by Nathacha Appanah