Category Archives: Entertainment & the Arts

Review: Laughable Loves

“Laughable Loves” is so good that it makes me want to learn Czech, just so I can read it in the original language. Continue reading

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Move Along, Folks. Nothing to See Here.

No matter what he chooses to brag about, Charlie Sheen has been out-crazied and out-cooled on just about every front. Being a train wreck doesn’t mean we like you. We just aren’t capable of looking away. Continue reading

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More Zombie Flicks Than You Think

John Travolta’s career reminds me of a zombie, lurching along until someone finally puts it down with a shot to the head. Continue reading

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Pirates, Ninjas and Apocalypse

The Gone-Away World is an extraordinary first novel, full of bold characters and a wonderful story. Continue reading

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Something Wicked This Way Works

When I was growing up, my Mother used to read the Oz books to my brother, sister and me over breakfast. Any time we’d come to a challenging word, we’d have a family discussion about what it meant and the … Continue reading

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Gold Does Magic

Carter Beats the Devil, by Glen David Gold, is a fun read even if it isn’t elite fiction. Continue reading

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Humanity out of the Labyrinth

For a quick and wonderful story of a real creature in a mythical modern world, I’d recommend that anyone who loves interesting literature take a smoke break themselves. Continue reading

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Sometimes Wrong is Right

Sometimes, it takes more talent to do something wrong than to do it right. Continue reading

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Extremely Poignant & Incredibly Good

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safron Foer, struck a chord in me that few books have and I’d enthusiastically recommend it to anyone. Continue reading

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Up in the Old Hotel

Up in the Old Hotel reads like listening to Tom Waits, except that the pigment on Mitchell’s canvas are the commoner and quirkier elements of New York instead of a coven of hookers, pimps and criminals. Continue reading

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