Against “Against Enthusiasm.”

Here’s something I missed awhile back: Jacob Silverman’s well-argued essay bemoaning the “the mutual admiration society that is today’s literary culture, particularly online.” An over simplification of his argument: online, book people and/or reviewers are too damned nice. I myself have stated on this blog a couple times (at least) that, philosophically, in my occasional book reviewing, […]

Book Review: “What Happened to Sophie Wilder” by Christopher Beha.

My review of the under-appreciated novel What Happened to Sophie Wilder was published in Sunday’s paper, and is now available online. To shamelessly quote myself: If “What Happened to Sophie Wilder” was what it appears to be on first glance — a simple story about a lovesick writer and his mysterious on-again, off-again girlfriend — I would […]

The Morning News Tournament of Books.

One of my favorite times of the year: The Morning News has released its funky circular bracket for the annual Tournament of Books: I have no prediction for a winner. Seems like the field is wide open. I’m slightly disappointed, though, one of my favorites from last year didn’t make the cut.

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 […]

An Unfinished Story: “What Happened to Sophie Wilder” by Christopher Beha.

Charlie Blakeman has always compared his life with ex Sophie’s. She “became a touchstone against which I measured the passing time,” Charlie narrates, “my relationships, my writing, and found it all wanting. This wasn’t just nostalgia – though I might have idealized what we’d had, I didn’t want to recover the past. It was the […]