Fire in the Hole by Elmore Leonard

Tonight Hollywood Foreign Press honored the best of television and film in 2013*. In honor of the Golden Globes, let’s discuss the worst movies ever made – starting with Gigli, moving on to Maid in Manhattan, Anaconda, and What To Expect When You’re Expecting, and ending with Angel Eyes and Enough. What do all ofContinue reading “Fire in the Hole by Elmore Leonard”

The Universe in Miniature in Miniature by Patrick Somerville

Did you know that Albert Einstein originally used Gedanken experiments to explore his illegal sexual fantasies? No? Neither did I. According to the book jacket of Patrick Somerville’s excellent short story collection The Universe in Miniature in Miniature, it’s true. It is, apparently, a fun fact. Since these stories have elements of science (groan), didContinue reading “The Universe in Miniature in Miniature by Patrick Somerville”

The Shunned House (from The Other Gods and More Unearthly Tales) by H. P. Lovecraft

Do you ever have one of those days where you’re overwhelmed and upset and nothing goes right? I knew by 8:30 am that today would be that day. So when I read Just Book Reading’s favorable review of The Shunned House this morning, I knew that if I got the opportunity to do so, IContinue reading “The Shunned House (from The Other Gods and More Unearthly Tales) by H. P. Lovecraft”

The Fun Parts by Sam Lipstye

I sound like the narrator of a mediocre young adult novel from the eighties. Which is, in fact, what I am. There are far too few writers who dedicate themselves to documenting the plight of losers. Would it hurt anyone if the literary world gave the odd characters among us a little more shelf space?Continue reading “The Fun Parts by Sam Lipstye”