The Thing with Essays on Craft

Let me begin by saying this: Richard Hugo’s Triggering Town is one of the most important books that I’ve ever encountered. For those that aren’t familiar with either the collection or the individual essay, you should know that Hugo was the most important poet to come out of the Montana in the last century and theContinue reading “The Thing with Essays on Craft”

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”

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.”