Category Archives: Read Other People


The adult version of cow tipping? More like a misspelling of kickboxing. This is what it’s come to. I’ve been out of town lately and am desperately trying to catch up. Plus, youngest bro is back from South Africa and sleeping on my couch. Despite not having much time to read, I’ve finally made it […]

Get a little more Protein in your Vocabulary

There are weeks I feel like I ought to have a food blog. Maybe I’m just jealous, as my buddy Tim started one that looks like it’s going to develop into a great one at Cynical Skillet. Also, there are so many food topics to write about. Also, food is delicious! Luckily, my latest food […]

It Probably Wouldn’t have Cheered him up.

It is unlikely that you’ve read this author. You may have if, like myself, you’re a fan of science fiction. But it is more likely that you do not know who this man is whose work has been adapted into 9 different films. Added together, the films have grossed over a billion dollars (according to […]

Once a Runner

Constant readers will know I have a mild obsession with the interplay of writing and running, as demonstrated here and elsewhere.  So I was very pleased to find that one of my Christmas gifts from my father was Once a Runner, and even more pleased to find that Once a Runner is really a phenomenal […]

Not Dead, Just Well Read

Return of the Zombie blogger! Happy Halloween, everyone. I’ve been up to my eyebrows in books, including: Seven Habit of Highly Effective People The Children’s Day The Essence of Ninjitsu Shaking the Money Tree Though not normally one to read more than one book at a time, I’ve obviously set that habit aside for the […]

It’s Might be a Man’s World…

…but it’s a young girl’s library. Through a guest post on Kristan’s blog I got to Natalie Whipple’s blog and found this, a post where she discusses how heavy libraries and book stores are on Young Adult fiction targeted at girls (I think my comment on that post got lost. Oh well.) The traditional wisdom […]

All my Friends are Just People

Damn, I was about to write a post about readings at weddings but I have to run off to a meeting (Yes, just like a real person with a real job!) so for now I’ll just put up the post script, which I wrote first for some reason. p.s. I’ve actually finished the book in […]

These are a Few of My Favorite Things

I like alcohol and I like good writing and I particularly like good writing that describes the mixed good-and-evil nature of booze. I’ve just begun reading The Tender Bar and found this particularly nice paragraph in the prologue: Every regular at Steve’s bar was fond of metaphors. One old bourbon drinker told me that a […]

Top 10 Books of the Decade

I’ve read a lot of great books in the past ten years, but many of those were classics written a long time ago. Here are my ten favorite of the ones actually published in the last decade. The Contortionist’s Handbook, by Craig Clevenger – though these are listed in no particular order, The Handbook is […]

Language in The Angel’s Game

This is how the publishing industry is supposed to work: A writer of great talent releases a book and his fans, who are eagerly awaiting, snatch it up in hardcover despite themselves. Hardcovers are expensive, but damn if The Angel’s Game isn’t beautiful. The book jacket that is too small, revealing the rows of books […]