Book Review | Watchlist: 32 Stories by Persons of Interest by Bryan Hurt

Around the time that I read the Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff Vandermeer, I came across this article that he wrote about various ideas that informed the trilogy: The Slow Apocalypse and Fiction I offset the link to make it stand out because the article itself is a good read and worth a click. It […]

Book Review | Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

While studying English in college I was once (let’s be honest this happened pretty regularly) challenged about the usefulness of my degree. I recall one conversation when I was studying mythology of some kind where I was asked if studying mythology was a waste of time. The person asking me made a living from logging. […]

Book Review | Train Dreams by Denis Johnson

Several years ago I went on a trip to Hawaii. For my beach reading, I brought along Alan Greenspan’s autobiography, Age of Turbulence. It was a giant book. It wasn’t light reading, and I think I spent the whole trip reading it in between naps on the beach. It was good. It just wasn’t the […]

Book Review | Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley by Antonio Garcia Martinez

Have you ever bought a book from a Facebook ad? I can now say that I have. For a period of time shortly after its release, I noticed a regularly placed ad in my Facebook news feed for Antonio Garcia Martinez’s exposé on Silicon Valley titled Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon […]

Book Review | Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West by Hampton Sides

The history of the American Southwest isn’t a story that gets told along with the marquis narratives of American history. Unlike the American Revolution, the founding era, the Civil War, or World War II, where it is relatively easy to find excellently produced and superbly written book-length accounts of historical events and figures, you have […]

Book Review | QB: My Life Behind the Spiral by Steve Young

I can’t honestly say that I like sports as much as the next guy. This isn’t because I don’t like sports, but I find that most guys like them more than I do. I can say that I like reading biographies and autobiographies more than the next guy. On a regular basis, I try to work […]

Book Review | Invasive by Chuck Wendig

If you’re ever on the Cape Verdian island of Fogo during the fall, you will find every tree branch and every power line is an anchor point for the web of an Argiope spider. Sometimes dozens of spiders will connect their webs to the webs of other spiders, creating a wall of spider webs. Unlike […]