Tag: short reviews

  • What I'm Reading (and More): Quarantine Edition

    Well, folks…we’re all hunkered down, now officially. I hope everyone is staying well. It’s also been a while since I did one of these posts, so it seemed like a good time. Feel free to share your own updates in the comments! Reading Silence Finally read Silence by Shūsaku Endō! It is not a book […]

  • Vertigo and How to Steal a Million – Two short reviews (spoiler-free)

    Recently I saw these two classic films for the first time: Vertigo (1958) and How to Steal a Million (1966).  On the surface, they have really nothing in common, so I thought it would be a fun challenge to compare and contrast them. Vertigo Vertigo is an Alfred Hitchcock film, considered by many reviewers to […]

  • "My Kinsman, Major Molineux"

    Portrait of James Thomas Fields (1817-1881), Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864),and William Davis Ticknor (1810-1864). Over on Instagram, I’d mentioned I’ve been getting into Hawthorne’s short stories again.  He’s a favorite author of mine, and when I read the collection Twice Told Tales (already five years ago, wow!), I was blown away by the craft of his […]

  • Books I Gave Up On

    I gave up on Moby-Dick the first time – even after getting halfway! Two weeks ago, I mentioned I was reading The Mosquito Coast by Paul Theroux.  Well…I’m still reading it, and I’m not even halfway. For a story about a family moving to the jungle, this book is extremely slow.  I keep thinking “I’m […]