Early in the movie “The Blues Brothers,” Elwood tries to sell Jake on the duo’s new Bluesmobile, a used police car he picked up at auction to replace their old Cadillac. “It’s got a cop motor,” he explains. “Cop tires, cop suspension, cop shocks.” This isn’t a bad way to describe what makes Richard Price’s […]Read more "Newsday – Review of The Whites by Richard Price"
Whenever a Hollywood celebrity publishes a novel, listen closely: You’ll hear book critics everywhere sharpening their knives. (It’s a little louder when that celebrity is James Franco.) But David Duchovny, best known for his work on “The X-Files” and “Californication,” won’t suffer a hatchet job here. His zany, madcap first novel, “Holy Cow,” which follows […]Read more "The Washington Post – Review of Holy Cow by David Duchovny"
If the Grinch breaks into my house tonight and tries to steal Christmas, I’ll send him right back to Whoville with a lip two sizes too big. Picture it: I in my cap, having just risen from a long winter’s nap, decking the halls with that hapless felon through a variety of surprising and effective […]Read more "The Washington Post – Review of SAS Survival Handbook by John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman"
Good information has always been worth something, but the Internet today makes almost all information goods. And in many cases, we’re freely giving away those goods — our tastes, our ideas, our art — to different enterprises in exchange for connection and exposure. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, of course, but the problem is […]Read more "The San Francisco Chronicle – Information Doesn’t Want to be Free, More Awesome Than Money"
Late in Chris Bohjalian’s stirring, sensitive novel “Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands,” teenage narrator Emily Shepard describes the “poetry of a nuclear disaster.” She finds alliteration in “rads and roentgens and rems” and captures the rhyming “iums” of words like cesium and strontium and, of course, plutonium. And then she vaporizes it all. “Unfortunately, whenever […]Read more "The San Francisco Chronicle – Review of Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian"