Movie Review: ‘Bright’

“Bright” isn’t as bad as most reviewers say, but it could be better.

Review: Following Tommy by Bob Hartley

Following Tommy by Bob Hartley is a gem of a book: hard, brilliant and valuable. It tells the story of Jacky O’Day, a bookish teen who lives in a changing Irish neighborhood in 1962 Chicago with an alcoholic father and a troubled older brother, Tommy. All of them live in the devastating aftermath of theContinue reading “Review: Following Tommy by Bob Hartley”

Book review: After Birth by Elisa Albert

I love this book. Get it. Read it. Now. “After Birth” by Elisa Albert tells the story of three months in one woman’s life around a year after giving birth who befriends a former “almost” rock star/poet who is about to give birth. The narrator says of the poet: “I’m a little obsessed with her,Continue reading “Book review: After Birth by Elisa Albert”

Haiku movie reviews, February 2015

I didn’t see as many movies as I’d like this past month. Just two: The Interview (2014) Randall Park steals it, Though it isn’t that funny. — Too much James Franco Frances Ha (2012) A Gen-Y woman In New York and then Paris Grows up — a little Read January’s haiku movie reviews here.

Audio book review: ‘Prophecies, Libels and Dreams’ by Ysabeau S. Wilce

This was a fun listen: “Prophecies, Libels and Dreams” by Ysabeau S. Wilce, which I got in a giveaway from Small Beer Press (Thank you, Small Beer Press!). I didn’t know what to expect, and so this was my introduction to the fictional world of Califa that Wilce has written about in previous books, whereContinue reading “Audio book review: ‘Prophecies, Libels and Dreams’ by Ysabeau S. Wilce”

Book review: Yasushi Inoue’s ‘Life of a Counterfeiter and Other Stories’

One of the dominant characteristics of Yasushi Inoue’s rhetorical style in “Life of a Counterfeiter and Other Stories” (Pushkin Press; 144 pages; $18) in is his use of “hedging” phrases, such as “for some reason,” “I’ll never know” and “I may simply be reading too much into things.” These phrases could be interpreted as creatingContinue reading “Book review: Yasushi Inoue’s ‘Life of a Counterfeiter and Other Stories’”

Book review: ‘1Q84’ by Haruki Murakami

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami My rating: 4 of 5 stars The Little People are Watching You “If something really existed, you had to accept it as a reality, whether or not it made sense or was logical. That was his basic way of thinking. Principles and logic didn’t give birth to reality. Reality came first,Continue reading “Book review: ‘1Q84’ by Haruki Murakami”

#tbt Review: Zadie Smith’s debut novel White Teeth

White Teeth by Zadie Smith My rating: 5 of 5 stars Originally written and published in the Times Union in August 2001. “Clean white teeth are not always wise,” says an elderly British veteran in Zadie Smith’s stunning debut novel, “White Teeth,” setting up one of the major ideas of her book, which has beenContinue reading “#tbt Review: Zadie Smith’s debut novel White Teeth”