What We’re Reading

This is what we’re reading. Including you.

Hello to All That

You might have noticed we published an excerpt from John Falk's memoir Hello to All That: War, Zoloft, and Peace. I got an advance copy of that book in the mail back in November when going through a sort of near-winter depression, and it helped quite a bit to read about someone who was so […]

What Birnbaum’s Reading – February 2005

Christopher Hitchens's introduction to his Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays "The Crime that Never Was" from Charles D'Ambrosia's essay collection, Orphans Colm Toibin's New York Times Book Review piece on Hitchens's Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays A Century of November by WD Wetherell An Uncommon Man by Francine Prose Articles of

Hell’s Half Acre and Starbucks

I've been carrying around a burnt-orange galley of Will Christopher Baer's Hell's Half Acre (one of the MacAdam Cage books that DIDN'T borrow its title from this website) for months, reading passages here and there, digesting it in a nonlinear sort of fashion. How else to treat a novel by a graduate of the Jack

Tosches, Strauss, and Vonnegut (not Amber Frey)

What I'm not reading: Amber Frey's (who ever she is) book Anything about Brad and Jen Curtis Sittenfield's Prep The Boston Globe Boston Magazine Boston Herald What I am reading: Nick Tosches in Bookforum on "blurbs" Steve Rodrick at Slate on Sportswriters A Reuters feature on Gore Vidal Valley of Bones by Michael Gruber The

The Divine Husband

I am reading the book "The Divine Husband" by Francisco Goldman. I love this book. During a search for "Francisco Goldman," I was led to "Identity Theory" and the wonderful interview with Robert Birnbaum. My mother is a Guatemalan and my dad found her when he ventured into Guatemala in the early 60's. The book

Mark Rothko and Willa Cather

This weekend I read Willa Cather's A Lost Lady, which someone I knew back in Nebraska used to say was as good as if not better than The Great Gatsby (the "Great American Novel" of the same time period). I wish I could remember who used to say that, because I would like to give

The Sportswriter

I'm in the middle of R. Ford's "The Sportswriter"; long overdue, but what can you do. Anyway, the back-cover copy says it's the story of a "goodhearted man" yada yada. Granted, I'm not at the end of the book yet, but "goodhearted" is not what I'd call Frank Bascombe. I'm not saying I don't like

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