Ballad of the Sad Middle-Aged Man

There are times when there’s a comfort to cliched material. It’s pleasantly familiar, devoid of the unexpected – like a favorite meal or well-worn sweatshirt, it holds only satisfaction, not surprise. One Last Thing Before…

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Feeling Wisconsin

Recently, a friend pointed out on Twitter that a book he was reading would drive me bonkers because it touched upon very many of my literary pet peeves. “Dick Lit to the extreme. Selfish, sad-sack,…

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WTF Tears

I’ve read every review of Hari Kunzru’s White Tears that I can find. ALL of them — Goodreads, Amazon, Kirkus, you name it, I’ve read it. It’s interesting that in a majority of the reviews…

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