opinions

Revenge is a Dish Best Served 3 Centuries After the Fact to Folks Who Don’t Even Know Who You Are

As I mentioned previously, I’ve been watching some fine-caliber horror movies over the past few weeks. Though they were predominantly focused on that enlightened Himalayan sage, the yeti, the remainder of the roster were made up of any that struck my choosy, discerning fancy. One that really merits mention is a charming Mexican release from 1962, El […]



Secluded Shelf 5 — The 2015 Edition

The time has come for another new blog feature that promises to occur regularly, but could just as easily fall into the online trash can as prey to my capricious whim! Thus, without further delay, I present Secluded Shelf 5 — an annual list of 5 texts that I feel are criminally undervalued or have […]



Notes on a Screenplan — Now Available!

Once again, I’ve gotten my act together just enough to release another work into the ebookisphere. Like my previous collection of fiction, this item is available for free download on Smashwords.com. This book, Notes on a Screenplan, is a short, non-fiction work. Kind of a manifesto; kind of an opinionated rant. I wrote it because I […]



Interiority

That’s a heavy concept. And this became one of those sticking points for me—something that I found myself having strong opinions about, even before I had spent a lot of time examining the precise nature of those opinions. Somehow, my mind had started to position itself in relation to interiority, but at a point in […]



Review: Against the Workshop

(Originally posted on Blogger site.) Title: Against the Workshop Author/Editor: Anis Shivani Review:  This book, and my subsequent reaction to it, came as a bit of a surprise. I decided to read it, thinking that the author’s approach/opinion would resonate with me. Surprisingly, it didn’t. At all. I found myself disagreeing strongly with a lot […]



Review: Perdido Street Station

(Originally posted on Blogger site.) Title: Perdido Street Station Author/Editor: China Miéville Review:   This was a difficult book to rate. I had some up and down moments while reading it. Thankfully, I’d say the up outnumbered the down, which were much fewer. For the most part, I thought it was extremely inventive, original, and seeking to […]



Review: One Bedroom Apartment

(Originally posted on Blogger site.) Title: One Bedroom Apartment Author/Editor: Ryan Sheffield Review:   Overall, I’d say this is a pretty decent collection, though I felt that the stories ran the gamut in terms of how arresting they were. The collection started off really powerfully, though I found each of the subsequent stories less powerful than the […]



Review: The Art Forger

(Originally posted on Blogger site.) Title: The Art Forger Author/Editor: B. A. Shapiro Review:   Art history meets Dan Brown. Or maybe John Grisham. I’m unsure. It’s one of those writers, or someone similar. Historical mysteries, ill-conceived heists, and courtroom shenanigans. The books feels like it wants to be all things to all people. Some drama, some […]



Review: Fashionable Nonsense

(Originally posted on Blogger site.) Title: Fashionable Nonsense Author/Editor: Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont Review:   [Call it sloven or lazy, I am simply going to copy my own review from Goodreads into this section. So there.] To put it briefly, I think this book is doing something that is incredibly important, and should probably be read […]



Review: The Death of Bunny Munro

(Originally posted on Blogger site.) Title: The Death of Bunny Munro Author/Editor: Nick Cave Review: This book left me with a very complex and conflicted set of reactions. Initially, I didn’t care for it. It seemed aimless, indulgent, and without any real purpose. And, after it seemed not to have any compunction about continuing in […]