Monthly Archives: December 2015

My Favorite Books … 2015

Here are my favorite books from 2015. Some new, some old, some fiction and non-fiction. I even read a few books written by authors who reside in countries other than America to keep those comparative lit snobs off my back. I read three collections of short stories by Melissa Bank (The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing), Annie Proulx (Close Range) and Miranda July (No one belongs here more than you), which included some of the best writing I encountered all year. Continue reading

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My Favorite Videos … 2015

Here are my top 10 videos that I noticed and posted on Facebook in 2015. Three are about movies, two feature drones, music, and human acheivement and there is one about genocide, the moon, bunnies and a TED talk about a kindergarten in Tokyo. If you were just going to watch one, I’d watch the TED talk or the Karate Kid video or the Ninja Warrior or the mountain biker from Red Bull (that one is insane). They are all excellent. Continue reading

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My Review | The Art of Fielding

I liked this book right off the bat. I immediately thought of John Irving’s “A Prayer for Owen Meany,” one of my favorite books. Owen, in this book, is a baseball player named Henry, who is a can’t miss pro prospect, who loses the ability to throw accurately to first base, or anywhere for that matter. But while the book is set in the world of baseball, the story is about several characters, a couple friends, a father and daughter. Continue reading

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My Review | The Spy Who Came In from the Cold

Considered the best spy novel of all-time, featuring Cold War espionage, “The Spy Who Came in From the Cold” shows what similarly amoral lengths both sides will go in the name of national security. Continue reading

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