[Review] “Beatlebone” by Kevin Barry. I was looking for Prose and got a delightful story about John Lennon.

As I last wrote about back in March, I wanted a book with prose. While with Katie at Town Center Books in Pleasanton, CA the week before I had to head back to Indiana for most of the Spring, we asked the college student working the shop for such a prose-y book. He told us …

[review] “The Martian” movie: why it was inspiring, moreso than simply “worth seeing, even if you’ve read the book.”

I’ll probably always be one of those who is grateful for having read the book version of a movie before seeing the movie. Especially when the book is pretty awesome. There are typically so many more rich details, incredible intricacies, and interwoven themes that movies just don’t have time to include. Not even Peter Jackson …

The Martian – the book is worth reading before watching the movie, probably

Thank you to Justin for pointing out the spelling mistake. I wrote this in Google Docs, then had to clean out the italicized smart quotes Google Docs uses before uploading to WordPress. Otherwise, the code in the post would go haywire. It looks like I threw in an older draft before the spelling mistakes were …

“And now you gotta get it back, and the way to get it back is to go back to the beginning.” [Eye of The Tiger Pt. 2]

Five-thirty on a Labor Day weekend Friday night. I’m sitting with the dogs outside the Otis Cafe in Otis, OR, while Bruer goes in and has dinner with his brother, brother’s wife, and newborn. Uncle Blaise surprise visit. I volunteered to stay with my dogs so they could eat and catch up. The dogs weren’t …

Write a letter to the reader of a novel you haven’t written yet

While holiday shopping at Urban Outfitters, Katie found a book titled 642 Things to Write About by the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. She thought it would be a great idea if the two of us started going through this book, picking topics on which to write. Katie writes with pen and paper. I write with …

I Don’t Mind Things – Truth #3 from A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

In reading A New Earth there were many parts that made me think. Some were incredible truths, some were semantic prattle. My favorite part of the book is of a story Tolle told about the time respected Indian philosopher J. Krishnamurti, after over 50 years of teaching and traveling the world, told a crowd of …

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