A Very American Reading List

Understanding American identity and our relationship to the country can be more disenfranchising than comforting. America is not perfect, born out of sins and exclusion like every other country, and 2020 seems to be a time where the sins of America’s birth and the system it has created supersede any feelings of patriotism. Americans areContinue reading “A Very American Reading List”

[Harry Potter]’s Legacy: Often Imitated, Never Repeated

I grew up with Harry Potter. I picked up The Sorcerer’s Stone when The Goblet of Fire was released, and they were still sold out of The Goblet of Fire by the time I was ready to read it. I viewed the release and reading of each book as any child would, as an inevitable fact, i.e. Rowling will release theContinue reading “[Harry Potter]’s Legacy: Often Imitated, Never Repeated”

Empathy Through Reading: Recommendations During Racial Unrest

“Many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that weContinue reading “Empathy Through Reading: Recommendations During Racial Unrest”

The Winds of Winter Support Group: When Will The Winds of Winter be released? [A Song of Ice and Fire]

I hereby begin the first session of The Winds of Winter Support Group. Welcome everyone. I am Mr. Blue, I will be leading this first session.  So, a little bit about myself, I first picked up A Song of Ice and Fire in 2003. I remember waiting for the release of A Dance with Dragons and how long thatContinue reading “The Winds of Winter Support Group: When Will The Winds of Winter be released? [A Song of Ice and Fire]”

I Don’t Like Elizabeth Holmes [Bad Blood by John Carreyrou]

This post is a representation of an opinion that was developed solely on my reading of Bad Blood by John Carreyrou I don’t like Elizabeth Holmes and that annoying piss-ant “Sunny” Balwani. They are awful people. They are self-centered, ignorant, reckless, naïve, arrogant, over-emotional, self-deluded, shameless bullies who are supremely bad at their jobs. AndContinue reading “I Don’t Like Elizabeth Holmes [Bad Blood by John Carreyrou]”

Ranking Major Characters [Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire]

Let’s get the Game of Thrones conversation out of the toxic sludge of the last season and onto a healthier bedrock with a simple ranking of the top ten major and minor characters (show and books). Deciding whether it is a Major or Minor character… If they had more than five chapters in the booksContinue reading “Ranking Major Characters [Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire]”

Quaid Reads [The Right Stuff]

A while back I read an excerpt from Stephen King’s On Writing (I didn’t read the whole thing until much later) that said he reads around 60-80 books a year. The stat staggered me. I considered myself an avid reader but was getting nowhere near that number. I reinvested myself in reading and took one piece ofContinue reading “Quaid Reads [The Right Stuff]”

The Ring Thing [The Fortress of Solitude]

The Fortress of Solitude is a coming of age in the city novel that captures the emotion of childhood’s isolation and desire for belonging in a uniquely powerful way. Its uniqueness is its strength. The coming of age novel is not new, often trite and draped in clichés, written by authors who are more interested inContinue reading “The Ring Thing [The Fortress of Solitude]”