Monthly Archives: January 2011

On Neil Genzlinger’s “The Problem With Memoirs,” a Witty Look at Bogus Memoirs in NY Times, or a Book Review With Balls, plus a ShoutOut to Karen Russell’s “Swamplandia!”

I haven’t been blogging much lately because I’m caught in a vortex of Academic Hell, coping with various problems brought on by our sickly economy, and here’s to hoping it will end soon: the bad economy, that is. Academic Hell … Continue reading

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“My Father’s Guns,” an essay remembered in response to the Tucson Shooting

Tim Egan had another good piece in the NY Times about the Tucson shooting and the gun control debate, here: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/20/myth-of-the-hero-gunslinger/?src=me&ref=general He mentions his family as gun owners and users. I have a similar history, though with more tragedy than … Continue reading

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Sarah Palin Anthem: Sad or Funny?

A friend of mine (Thanks, Morris!) sent me this link, and I can’t decide whether it’s funny, or just sad. You decide. http://www.buzzfeed.com/ashleybaccam/sarah-palin-battle-hymn

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The Classic Library v. Kindle Disposability of eBooks

Over the holidays something struck me (as all wrong) about the rise of ebooks and “Kindle editions”: In Colorado I have a kind of classic library, not a zillion crappy paperbacks, but a good number (around a thousand, I would … Continue reading

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A Star Is Corn: “Country Strong” & the Gwyneth Paltrow Gagfest

There needs to be some complicated noun (perhaps the Urban Dictionary can get on this, better than “hiberdating” or “internet coma”) to express the rather long-winded “feeling of revulsion when seeing overexposed celebrities in internet-news headlines that you’ve just become … Continue reading

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Prisons, Poverty, & Pickups: The Other West

So I’ve just driven 1720 miles from Colorado to Pennsylvania . . . . . . ¬†and the contrast between Western and Eastern U.S. is on my mind. One thing I notice is the discrepancy between the media myth of … Continue reading

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Deer & Coyotes in the New Year

I’ve had deer and coyotes in my yard at the start of this new year, so something must be right with the world. I double-checked and corroborated that the mountain scenes in True Grit were filmed near Santa Fe, which … Continue reading

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