And So It Must Continue to Fall: From the Desk of D.A. Lockhart

You know you’ve been spoiled with far too many soft winters in recent years when you hit late January and you’re thinking, hey all this snow has gotta stop sometime soon. But here I sit by the narrows of the Detroit River with another snowfall on its way here and still daydreaming of warmer andContinue reading “And So It Must Continue to Fall: From the Desk of D.A. Lockhart”

The Things that Haunt Us: A Review of Brian Kimberling’s Snapper

Snapper by Brian Kimberling Pantheon Books, 2013 ISBN: 978-0307908056 Let’s just start with a couple of biases upfront with this book. My wife is a massive bird nut and maybe, just maybe, I’ve caught a little bit of the warm fuzziness that accompanies this particular love affair. Next, that Snapper finds its foundational sense ofContinue reading “The Things that Haunt Us: A Review of Brian Kimberling’s Snapper”

From the Desk of D.A. Lockhart: A Homecoming of Sorts

It’s been a little while since I took a crack at this blog, so some forgiveness might be order from whatever audience I might have left.  But you will hopefully be a little more understanding once I lay out some of the reasons for this absence. Shortly after the previous post my wife and IContinue reading “From the Desk of D.A. Lockhart: A Homecoming of Sorts”

The Philosophy of an Exile’s Return: Ignazio Silone’s Bread and Wine

Bread and Wine by Ignazio Silone (translated from Italian by Gwenda Davis and Eric Mosbacher) Penguin Books, 1946 ISBN: N/A I first have to admit that I’ve been on little bit of an early 20th century literature kick. This particular novel is part of that kick. So upon finding a rather well worn copy ofContinue reading “The Philosophy of an Exile’s Return: Ignazio Silone’s Bread and Wine”

Coming of Age in a Punk Rock World: Thoughts on Joe Meno’s Hairstyles of the Damned

Hairstyles of the Damned by Joe Meno Punk Planet Books, 2004 ISBN: 1-888451-70-X Let me start by admitting a couple of things. First off, I really dig coming of age novels. Yeah there is that big bold German term for this genre, but let’s just call it the coming of age story. And secondly, IContinue reading “Coming of Age in a Punk Rock World: Thoughts on Joe Meno’s Hairstyles of the Damned”

Writing the Outsider’s Biography: Thoughts on W.Somerset’s Cakes and Ale.

Cakes and Ale or The Skeleton in the Cupboard by W. Somerset Maugham Penguin Books, 1979 ISBN: 0140006516 Let’s start by saying something about this slim little book: I had never heard of it nor its author before coming across it. And it was in the fine shelves of Indy Reads Books bookshop a couple ofContinue reading “Writing the Outsider’s Biography: Thoughts on W.Somerset’s Cakes and Ale.”

Secrets and the Stories between Generations: A Brief Review of Natsume Soseki’s Kokoro.

Kokoro by Natsume Soseki translated by Edwin McClellan Gateway Editions, 1957 ISBN: 0-89526-951-1 Original published in 1914 in Japan and to much acclaim, Natsume Soseki’s Kokoro  helped to mark the end of the Meiji Period (1868-1912) in the country. The word “kokoro” is translated as heart in English. Because of this we have to assume thatContinue reading “Secrets and the Stories between Generations: A Brief Review of Natsume Soseki’s Kokoro.”

Inequality, Labor, and the Rise of Modern American Poetry: A Brief Book Review

Hog Butchers, Beggars, and Busboys: Poverty, Labor, and the Making of Modern American Poetry by John Marsh University of Michigan Press, 2011 ISBN: 978-0-472-05157-1 For those who know anything about me as a writer know that I most fundamentally believe that poetry (if not all writing) must and does have a social contract with theContinue reading “Inequality, Labor, and the Rise of Modern American Poetry: A Brief Book Review”

A Love, Possibly? A Brief Review of Jason Shinga’s Empire State: A Love Story (Or Not)

Empire State: A Love Story (Or Not) by Jason Shinga Abrams ComicArts, 2011 ISBN-13: 978-0810997479 What can I say other than I’ve been a sucker for graphic novels ever since I was a teenager rustling up Sandman comics on Wynadotte Street back in the day in Windsor.  And given the chance to finally hit upContinue reading “A Love, Possibly? A Brief Review of Jason Shinga’s Empire State: A Love Story (Or Not)”

Coming of Age in Palestine: A Brief Review of Naomi Shihab Nye’s Habibi

Habibi: A Novel by Naomi Shihab Nye Simon Pulse Publishing, 1997 ISBN: 0-689-80149-1 Given the recent media focus on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict (although recent might not be the best way to describe this conflict), it seems somewhat appropiate to look at a young adult/children’s book that focuses attention on the issue.  And is refreshing toContinue reading “Coming of Age in Palestine: A Brief Review of Naomi Shihab Nye’s Habibi”