A Year in Reviews.

Two-thousand and twelve was the year I first began “reviewing” books. I confess to always being reluctant to review, unsure of being judgmental—if we are not supposed to judge other human beings too quickly, as seems to be some part of a lesson of many works of art, and if Auden is right when he […]

Of the books I read published in 2012, these are my favorites.

You have probably seen many of these lists, from the New York Times Ten Best Books of 2012 to the Millions’ Year in Reading series. (Both are highly recommended, by the way.) Not that my opinion is terribly important, but I thought I would contribute to the lists, as well, if nothing else because I read […]

National Book Award Finalists.

Lost during the news of Mo Yan’s big win of the Nobel for Literature, the finalists for the National Book Award have been announced. The fiction finalists: A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Dí­az The Round House by Louise Erdrich Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben […]

Review of “A Hologram For the King” in the Lincoln Journal-Star

My review of Dave Eggers’ excellent A Hologram for the King appears in today’s Lincoln Journal-Star. You can read it online right here. I liked Hologram a lot, actually. The 300 words or so that the review comprises aren’t, obviously, enough to talk about all of the book’s strengths, and some of its faults. The […]

Reviewing books.

My reading recently has been concentrated on reviewing. While I try to write up something  for most anything semi-relevant/recent/interesting for this blog, I am also reviewing books for a few different places: My write-up of A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers should be appearing soon in the Lincoln Journal-Star. This book I quite enjoyed—I […]