Posts Published by Will A

A Little Less, Please

Some actors are best appreciated in small quantities; they’re great in supporting roles, but wear out their welcome when they’re center stage. For me, Amy Poehler is one of them. I picked up her semi-autobiography,…

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One More Thing

I almost gave up on One More Thing, the new collection of short stories from “The Office” actor B.J. Novak. I’m glad I didn’t. It was evident early on that Novak has a cerebral, witty…

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‘Very Recent History’

Nothing much happens in Choire Sicha’s ‘Very Recent History’ Now, a walk that has no intended destination isn’t bad if the scenery is nice, but that isn’t the case here. There just isn’t really any…

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Far short of enthralling

In Kate Atkinson’s Started Early, Took My Dog:l, disparate characters wheel through their respective universes, gently tapping into each other from time to time. What they don’t do is ever coalesce into a satisfying story….

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Astray

All the characters who inhabit Emma Donoghue’s Astray have lost their bearings. Be it geographically or metaphorically, they’ve been set adrift somehow. Donoghue catches up with them as they turn to their own devices and…

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Birds of a Lesser Paradise

When Megan Mayhew Bergman’s Birds of a Lesser Paradise is good, it’s very good. When it’s so-so, a bland and calculated sense of formula creeps into the equation. Luckily, that doesn’t happen enough to be…

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