Book reviews

So I’ve posted one book review already, and I’ve meant to post more, but I’ve had neither the time nor motivation.  Mostly it’s due to a final paper for my writing class coming due, some work I’m doing to prep for a small claims court case I’m filing against our former landlord (man, that is a whole thing), and the holidays.  Christ, the holidays.

But here’s a post to do real quick book reviews.  Succinct reviews.  Of the books I’ve read or am reading currently.  I’m just going to launch these into the aether.  Have fun with them.

  • John Williams’ “Stoner”: achingly beautiful.  The best book I’ve read all year.  It was a struggle drying the tears I left all over the pages.
  • Donald Kraybill’s “Renegade Amish”: illuminating and fucking insane.  And short enough to knock out in a couple of days.
  • Robert Tubbs’ “Mathematics in Twentieth-Century Literature and Art”: only 137 pages, but, Christ, it reads like a 600-page tome.  I’ve been working this book for the past two weeks, and I’m only now up into the 60s.  I’ve learned some interesting things about early 20th-century art and literature, but the prose is lifeless.

Next up I’ve got Mark Denny’s “Froth,” John Henshaw’s “An Equation For Every Equation,” Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan’s “The Microstructure of Dinosaur Bone” (I’m actually really excited about this one).  After that, maybe some short story books and then whatever comes up in my spring writing class.

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