Archive for June, 2009

Just tonight I’ve posted a ton of old stuff, no doubt to make me feel better about never writing any new stuff.  At any rate, the things I’ve put up recently span more than a page here, so if you’re looking for The Works, you’ll have at least a page and a half of reading […]


I know, an odd trio, but…these are the last three old ones, and then you’re not getting anything until I finish For Whom the Bell Tolls, which I’ve just begun. Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison The ending of this book both makes it almost unbearable to read–because it’s beyond tough–and salvages the book–by […]


Nonfiction!  Hooray! Walking on Water: Reading, Writing, and Revolution by Derrick Jensen I’m pretty inspired by this book, if only to rethink whether I’m really “loving my students into becoming who they are.” I mean, I do well with the responsibility part of teaching that Jensen refers to toward the end of the book, but […]


The reviews get even shorter, and I grow less committed to posting them here as they’re quite old now, but I’ve come this far and dammit, I’m no quitter. Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut Contains the single best rationale for postmodern fiction I’ve ever read. [Obviously, you’ve heard this one before from me, and […]


The only ‘reflection’ over a book I didn’t actually read (all of).  Next, I will post a reflection of a book I didn’t actually read (any of) (and never plan to) (in fact, I’m rather committed to not reading it): The Scarlet Letter. Meanwhile… Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov Ugh, I’ve been reading this, and I’ve […]


The Penultimate Truth by Philip K. Dick This was good, but for me, not great. I’m guessing that might be because propaganda is a familiar sort of subject at this point, but nonetheless…a fun read, not a mind-blowing one.


A rare young adult lit addition to the collection. How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff I just finished this last night in conjunction with watching Pan’s Labyrinth, and I had the worst dreams imaginable. I picked this book up because YA novels are easier for me to actually get through during the school year, […]