August 18, 2008 · Reading

Soul on Ice (Eldridge Cleaver)

A series of essays, reflections, and vignettes on race, written smack in the middle of the 60s. If you investigate [...]

June 18, 2008 · Reading

The Thin Man (Dashiell Hammett)

Not nearly as good as a Raymond Chandler tale; in particular, the dialogue is much weaker. Still a fun read [...]

May 25, 2008 · Reading

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (Haruki Murakami)

Took almost 300 pages for the plot to even start unfolding but it eventually came together. I enjoyed it but [...]

March 29, 2008 · Reading

The Invisible Man (H. G. Wells)

Interesting idea but a numbingly boring plot. Nowhere as good as the Time Traveller.

March 19, 2008 · Reading

The Time Traveller (H. G. Wells)

Most people praise Wells for doing science fiction before anyone else. To me this book was more of a social [...]

March 17, 2008 · Reading

The Sun Also Rises (Ernest Hemingway)

I tried to be interested. I really really tried

March 10, 2008 · Reading

Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World (Haruki Murakami)

One of the most interesting and original books I’ve read all year. Alternating chapters develop two separate narratives which converge [...]

February 21, 2008 · Reading

Jimi Hendrix: The Intimate Story of a Betrayed Musical Legend (Sharon Lawrence)

A loose biography of Jimi Hendrix, as told by Sharon Lawrence, a close friend of Hendrix when he was alive. [...]

January 29, 2008 · Reading

The Fall (Albert Camus)

I think I read this one a bit too fast. I feel like there’s much more I could have got [...]

January 7, 2008 · Reading

Singing in a strange land: C.L. Franklin, the Black church and the transformation of America (Nick Salvatore)

Fantastic biography of Aretha’s father, the legendary preacher C. L. Franklin. Everyone knows how Aretha is the “Queen of Soul” [...]