“Have fun with writing,” Christopher Moore once said. “Be as silly and as off the wall as you want to be.” Great advice — writing should be fun. But Moore, well, he takes that to a whole new level. Just get a load of this sentence, which arrives early in his flat-out bonkers new novel, […]Read more "The Washington Post – Review of Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore"
In the excellent seventh-season “Mad Men” episode “The Monolith,” Sterling Cooper’s creative team loses its brainstorming/smoking/drinking lounge to make way for an enormous 1969 state-of-the-art office appliance. “Well, we’re getting a computer,” Roger tells Don. “It’s going to do lots of magical things, like make Harry Crane seem important.” Read moreRead more "The San Francisco Chronicle – Review of Inside the Machine by Megan Prelinger"
If you like to hike or climb or surf or fish, you may know the high-end outdoor-clothing company Patagonia. Then again, you might also know Patagonia if you’ve ever visited Manhattan during winter, when affluent “Patagucci” devotees line the city streets, wrapped in the brand’s trendy, pricey, puffy down jackets. Read moreRead more "The Forum – Don’t have this procedure"
“There are some of us who never had a choice,” Andy Abramowitz writes in his soul-searching first novel, “Thank You, Goodnight.” “If we can make music, we make it and there’s no hope of turning off the spigot. And if we can’t, we listen and obsess.” Read moreRead more "The Washington Post – Review of Thank You, Goodnight by Andy Abramowitz"
We’ve all been there. Clear morning, quiet terminal. You’re a little early to your gate, and you’re watching the ground crew do their thing. Rationally, you know this works. It always works. But somewhere deep inside, there’s that small, primal part of you. It sees those tiny people working on that giant, manmade, metal bird. […]Read more "The San Francisco Chronicle – Review of Skyfaring by Mark Vanhoenacker"