December 2009

Impressed by Middlesex

Recently I finished reading Jeffrey Eugenides’ stupendous 2002 novel, Middlesex. The book had been flying on my literary radar at a low level for several years,

The Best American Travel Writing 2009

If Jason Wilson’s foreword and Simon Winchester’s introduction to this fine collection of essays don’t hook you, well, you’re probably more

Poe for sale

What would you pay for an original work of Edgar Allan Poe? How about a first edition of his very first book? Would you care

November 2009

TV can’t measure up: Forensic Investigator

It’s hard to ignore the popularity of police procedural television shows, more specifically, those dealing in forensics and crime scene investigation. Investigators, police, and

The Fate of the Epistolary Novel

When is the last time you received an honest letter? We’re not talking about a greeting card from the drugstore racks or the family

Iran and the Remaking of the World

David Burnett's exquisite photograph book shows us the revolution that made Iran what it is today

Winnie the Pooh. In Latin.

Public libraries can be a treasure trove of semi-forgotten texts. Recently I was wandering through the Classics section (800s, poetry, philosophy, that sort of thing)

Woe Is Everyone

Patricia O'Connor's timeless grammar book, Woe Is I, is as important for the highly literate as it for those who ain't got a clue.

Once-Venerable L.A. Times Borrows From PopMatters

It is certainly no secret that I am a frequent correspondent with and major journalistic supporter of veteran screenwriter and novelist Rudy Wurlitzer, as any

October 2009

The Oz Man’s Fine New Christmas Story

One of the great times in my life was the ten years during which I read to my daughter Julia every night before her bedtime.

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//Mixed media

Supernatural: Season 12, Episode 2 - "Mamma Mia"

// Channel Surfing

"A can't-miss episode completes the start of the new season.

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