Book Review: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler 1

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg When I was a kid one of my favorite movies was called The Hideaways. It played regularly on cable and when it was on I would watch it with keen interest not on the story of a girl and her brother who decide ...

The Anthologist by Nicholson Baker

The Anthologist by Nicholson Baker My rating: 5 of 5 stars Hello, this is wrtsmith, and I’m going to they to tell you about a wonderful book I just read by Nicholson Baker called The Anthologist. What a great name, Nicholson. I wonder if his friends call him Nick. Baker is a writers writer and ...

Ultramarathon Man by Dean Karnazes

Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner by Dean Karnazes My rating: 4 of 5 stars I first became aware of Dean Karnazes a few years ago shortly after moving back to New York. That was when he came into the spotlight for a lot of people, shortly after he won the Badwater Ultramarathon. In ...

Eat, Pray, Love

A friend once gave me a slight metal bookmark shaped like a crescent moon with an inscription etched into it: “Be the light and the mirror that reflects it.” There was a time when I aspired to some ideal of that, what I think of as a variation on Gandhi’s oft-quoted, “Be the change you ...

From Hell

From Hell, the graphic novel by Alan Moore and artist Eddie Campbell, is the third of Moore’s novel’s I’ve read, the second I’ve completed. The first was The Watchmen, a wonderful novel that transcends its ‘comic book’ roots to be labeled as one of the best novels of the 20th century. (The second I started, ...

Blake’s Lotaburger 1

Blake's Lotaburger
Blake’s is the quintessential hamburger. They’ve been making the best hamburger since 1952. The one catch: you gotta go to New Mexico to enjoy one. I heard a rumor that they weren’t the same, that Blake’s had been bought out and the food had changed. Well, I ate one today, and I can tell you ...

The Mezzanine

Nicholson Baker is hard to sum. This is the first of his novels I’ve read, but it’s certainly gotten me interested in reading more. The novel is basically about a man who rides an escalator from the ground floor to the mezzanine in his office building during his lunch hour, after having gone to CVS ...

Diary of the Dead 1

I recently read a book called World War Z by Max Brooks, a novel written as news story about the aftermath of a world war against zombies. The events of the book are told by various individuals who lived through the way. They talk of how the zombie phenomenon began, how it spread, what the ...