I’ve decided to (slowly but surely) read through Richard Russo’s bibliography over the next year or two, starting with his first novel, Mohawk. Set in a small leather-making town on the decline, Mohawk chronicles over a dozen lives ranging three generations. Is it a strong first step or does Russo trip out the gate? I have a […]Read more "Week 6: Mohawk by Ricard Russo"
Last night I attended a lecture called Downtown Dialogues: Art and Architecture as Economic Development. The general thesis of the evening was that original, interesting art and architecture can be used as a tool to foster tourism and enhance economic development. Perhaps more importantly, it can even galvanize local residents to get off their couches and […]Read more "Should People Make an Effort to Read Locally?"
“He who is certain he knows the ending of things when he is only beginning them is either extremely wise or extremely foolish; no matter which is true, he is certainly an unhappy man, for he has put a knife in the heart of wonder.” – Tad Williams’ (important) intro to The Dragonbone Chair. Take heed. […]Read more "Week 5: The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams"
On the night I discovered Books on the Nightstand, I stayed up listening until 3:45 in the morning, despite the fact that I had to get up at 8:00. I added 11 books to my To-Be-Read pile on Goodreads, and downloaded two other audiobooks besides. Needless to say, I was hooked. I don’t know about you, but […]Read more "Podcast Recommendation: Books on the Nightstand"
When I started The Book-A-Week Project (1.0) almost four years ago, I failed to give myself any leeway (i.e. more than a week) to read larger books over a longer period of time. This meant I didn’t read a single novel longer than 500 pages for an entire year, which became a huge problem because I love […]Read more "Week 4: Where’s All the Love for The Dragonbone Chair?"
The End of the Tour works so well because it’s far too intelligent to hypothesize about why David Foster Wallace committed suicide. It doesn’t sugarcoat his life, but it’s still a ton of fun. Thanks in large part to Jason Segel as Wallace, this is one of my favorite movies of all time. In the late […]Read more "Movies About Writers: The End of the Tour"
It’s almost a shame the musical has become the success that it has, because it completely overshadows what is an extraordinary and inspired piece of literature. I am in awe of what Gregory Maguire has done with L. Frank Baum’s world, transforming it into an adult creation all his own while still honoring the classic […]Read more "Week 3: Wicked by Gregory Maguire"