Book Review: The Goldfinch

A time-honored axiom among screenwriters and novelists is “Chase your character up a tree and throw rocks at him.” Get your character in a lot of trouble. Complicate and multiply his problems. Don’t grant him an easy way down. In The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt’s hefty, Dickensian bildungsroman, the Tartt Corollary to the Trees and Rocks … Continue reading Book Review: The Goldfinch


Book Reviews: “Eleanor & Park” and “Fangirl”, by Rainbow Rowell

I owe Magnificent Nose about 1000 words on these sparkling, sweet-ass novels by Rainbow Rowell, and I don’t know how I’m going to do it. Rowell’s novels are not only a dream-come-true for seekers of smart, surprising YA literature, but offer the kind of writing that makes a writer want to write forever. Eleanor & … Continue reading Book Reviews: “Eleanor & Park” and “Fangirl”, by Rainbow Rowell

Sandman: Overture 1

I walked into my comics shop last week, and was greeted by a sign with a digital countdown. There was less than a week until the first issue of Sandman: Overture would appear. I'd previously read the books in collected form, and I decided to try reading this one month-by-month, the way people read the … Continue reading Sandman: Overture 1

Summer Reading: A Hologram for the King

I select my vacation books before embarking the way other people pack their outfits: What activities will I be doing, and for how much of the time? What mood will I be in, and what books will suit it? How do I hope to feel while I’m away? And do I have enough room in … Continue reading Summer Reading: A Hologram for the King

Summer Reading: A Short History of Nearly Everything

If there’s one thing I took away from reading Bill Bryson’s hilariously informative A Short History of Nearly Everything, it’s that science knows very little about very little (the other one being that just about everything is credited to the wrong people). Most of what we know is all from circumstantial evidence. It’s a bit … Continue reading Summer Reading: A Short History of Nearly Everything

Summer Reading: How I Came to Sparkle Again

It actually took me a while to come up with a book I could stick with long enough to finish. I started a few in different genres, but I just couldn't get anything to get it's hooks into me. Perhaps it was the low level chaos that always lurks in my house. (Young kids. Comes … Continue reading Summer Reading: How I Came to Sparkle Again

Summer Reading: A Contract With God

I'd heard so much about the great Will Eisner. When a copy of A Contract With God turned up in a friend's bookshelf, I asked him what he thought of it. My friend and I were fellow musicians, in between major projects. “You haven’t read it?” I affirmed that I hadn’t, and he insisted I … Continue reading Summer Reading: A Contract With God

Summer Reading: Farewell Fred Voodoo

Note: This article was written by Alexandra Hanson-Harding. Please disregard the WordPress byline. Most people in Haiti live on less than two dollars a day. Hundreds of thousands have been living in tent cities without sanitation since a 2010 hurricane rattled the tiny island nation. Then, a cholera epidemic killed thousands more. They have lived … Continue reading Summer Reading: Farewell Fred Voodoo

Summer Reading: Undisputed

A long time ago, I used to watch pro-wrestling. You read right--I’m talking about muscled guys throwing each other around a ring, yelling all kinds of epithets at each other and playing out storylines ranging from cringe-worthy to pretty damn awesome-slash-hilarious. So why the sudden mention now? I’m currently working on a novel that has … Continue reading Summer Reading: Undisputed

Summer Reading: Low Country Boil

My beach reading genre of choice is romance. There. I said it. It's true. Before you get up on your literary high horse, it's summer reading, for the love of God! There are plenty of times when I want something meatier. Half-snoozing on the beach, in the hammock, or ensconced before the A.C. while my … Continue reading Summer Reading: Low Country Boil