Today, the Tour de France begins. Our government is cruel and incompetent and corrupt, and many countries all over the world are currently active combat zones experiencing major humanitarian crises, so right now it’s kind of difficult to focus on anything as frivolous as the Tour de France. But, as we look at the world … Continue reading Watch: ‘Vive le Tour!’ Louis Malle’s Short Documentary of the 1962 Tour de France
The novel ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing’ by Jesmyn Ward is, essentially, two different stories happening at once: a road-trip story and a story about a multi-generational family in Mississippi coming undone under the weight and history of American racism and mass incarceration. It’s the story of thirteen-year-old Jojo and his three-year-old sister Kayla, who live with … Continue reading Review: ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing’ by Jesmyn Ward
Ray Bradbury is probably most well-known for his seminal dystopian work, Fahrenheit 451. If you were lucky, you had a good English teacher in high school who assigned Fahrenheit 451; not as a mere reading assignment, but as a means to open minds and discussions to the ills of censorship. If you were really lucky, … Continue reading Review: From the Dust Returned by Ray Bradbury
I’m probably not going to make it to 100. I can be honest about it. It’s the last week of October and I’m halfway through my 61st book. I should be in the 80’s by now! Ack! We’ll of course see what happens and I’m by no means throwing in the towel. But I definitely … Continue reading What I’ve Read So Far: 100 Books in 2016
Dear Bootleg Librarian: I need a new audiobook. I like mystery, suspense, life philosophy. What can you recommend for me based on your book travels? From Mysteryland Dear Mysteryland, That’s awfully cool you’re looking for a mystery because it’s one of my favorite genres and I can recommend a few. Anyone who knows me, knows … Continue reading Ask the Bootleg Librarian: A good mystery, please?
The Man Booker Prize, the presitigious literary award from the UK, has for the first time awarded its prize to a person from the United States. The author of The Sellout, Paul Beatty, has written several books, mostly touching on the same themes of racial identity. The book came to quick critical appraise, won the … Continue reading What Everybody’s Reading: The Sellout by Paul Beatty
I picked up A Moveable Feast for the first time about 15 years ago. On a grey, rainy day, I walked into the Shakespeare & Company book store, near Hunter College in NYC, and purchased A Moveable Feast on the very perceptive recommendation of the bookseller in the store. She asked me what I liked … Continue reading Recommended Reading: A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway