Premonitions of angels
Just keeping on. Flecked with dizzying introspection, difficult, monstrous yet inspiring new things that bring you joy
I’m a writer, or at least I do some writing on the side. My mind is immersed in words, in language. I’m a talker too, a bit of a big mouth. My life is a little like Mr. Bennet’s in Pride & Prejudice, the father with all girls who likes to tease them and their mother
Mira used to draw pictures of the devil. When she wasn’t making sketches involving her vision of satan, she would draw monsters and witches or vivd scenes of flesh eating zombies. Mira wasn’t afraid of her creations and she wasn’t afraid of me.
A Truly Lousy Day
As a child of the Depression (the real one), who’d gone to cut-rate neighborhood dentists when a kid, drill buzzing away, no anesthetics, pain while helpless in the chair, going to the dentist would always be an ordeal
The Wounded Swallow
John Wayne Marshall had been dead four weeks before his neighbors had reported him missing.
Virginia Woolf in the Flesh
Before she began her day’s work Virginia Woolf began to write painstakingly yet in a beautiful old-fashioned script in her diary...
It’s the Vernal Equinox in Manhattan. Purple shadows stick to everything in sight as the sun sinks at the far edge of West 42nd Street. “Shorty” Walker wobbles forward and back trying to escape from his shadow, but sinks right back into it, like an animal trapped in a tar pit.
Buying the House
Tim opened his eyes, saw sunlight slanting through the blinds and knew what he’d be doing that Saturday... searching for their first house in the suburbs
A Game of Shadows
Dir: Guy Ritchie
Starring: Robert Downey Jnr, Jude Law, Noomi Rapace
Purists look away now - the second outing of Robert Downey Jnr as the Victorian sleuth Sherlock Holmes is a LOT of fun. It’s an action packed thriller with cross dressing and very big guns.
The Mental Defective League
Dan Schneider review
One of the keys to Cochran’s success is that his book is utterly without pretense, something that Salinger’s book chokes on, from its lead character through its situations’ preciousness to its hordes of addled devotees’ wan and off-base interpretations.
Life, Myths & Influence of an American Original
In Praise of A Riveting New Biography on Howard Cosell
Howard Cosell became in many ways a touchstone; he was no ex-jock, hardly a handsome television prop, and there was something emancipating about his brashly opinionated and wholly pathological style
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Here is another tough girl living in a dystopian world divided into rival factions - forced to make a choice between which faction to join at sixteen
Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Experience and American Prospects, 2nd edition by Dmitry Orlov,
Reinventing Collapse by Dmitry Orlov is a welcome addition to "doomer" literature about societal collapse. Imagine NPR's Andrei Codrescu introducing a dystopian future and working the laughs. That's some sense of what's in store when you read Orlov's upbeat narrative with its engaging black humor
The Adventures of Tin-Tin
The Secret of the Unicorn
Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis and Daniel Craig
'a slick, machine polished rollercoaster of a movie'
IQ84 by Haruki Murakami
It is always a pleasure to discover a new Murakami novel. Having recently seen Norwegian Wood (the movie) I was reminded of the pleasure of reading his work and how he weaves so many simple inconsequential things into a complex read.