What makes Drew Magary's The Postmortal such a fun novel?Read More
Claire and Paul Lohman are a formidable team. They’ve been married for almost 20 years and have a teenage son, but that doesn’t mean that they’re happy. Scratch that, actually–they’re not a happy family, which doesn’t mean that they’re not happy themselves, Paul will say.Read More
The key to living in Ciudad Juárez is not to care about the dead bodies–it’s to see beyond the bodies. It’s a necessity, because the bodies are among the first things a visitor sees in this Mexican city.Read More
It’s now official–the BCS is no more and will be replaced by afour-team playoff starting in the 2014-2015 season. The announcement, which came on June 26, 2012, has many proponents of college football jumping for joy–because truly, anything is better than the BCS system.
This much is true.Read More
I bought Jeff Pearlman’s 'Sweetness' last October, not long after Sports Illustrated had published this excerpt of the book–which had created a little buzz for the book and tested the theory that the only bad press is no press. (But I’ll bet that if you asked Pearlman himself, he would probably say that while this may be true, it’s also true that for the most part the only good press is, well, good press.)Read More
Jonathan Franzen's "The Corrections" was published and won the National Book Award in 2001, but it took almost 10 years for this blogger to hear about Franzen. Even then, when he first heard about him it was through a GQ interview in December of 2010, I thought Franzen was Johan Franzen, the Swedish hockey player of the Detroit Red Wings. This means at least two things: that I truly am not a fan of the Wings and that I was clueless as to who this author was.Read More
I love it when it happens and usually, it’s never when I expect it. I just walk into the nearby Indigo bookstore, scan the new books and it happens; I see a book I love or that I think I would love and, budget permitting, buy it. This time, it was Stephen Kelman’s debut novel, “Pigeon English.”
At this point, I must confess: I bought that book strictly off the strength of its cover. But, I’m thankful I did. Indeed, it seems like whoever said you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover was wrong. Take “Pigeon English” for example: strong cover page, stronger content.
But more on that in a little while.Read More