Yearly Archives: 2017


[we all dream] train dreams: review 2

Train Dreams by Denis Johnson My rating: 5 of 5 stars What an enticing, and profound, novella this book is! We find ourselves, early 20th century, with pioneer Robert Grainier in the wild northwest corner of Idaho. The characters, tales, and happenings are bigger-than-life American West, permeated by a surrealism […]


writer’s [one note] notebook review

A Writer’s Notebook by W. Somerset Maugham My rating: 1 of 5 stars A Writer’s [one note] Notebook The author of Of Human Bondage and reportedly one of the best paid novelists of the 1930’s reduced from fifteen volumes to one his lifetime of notebooks. He explains “I publish it […]


chocolate world tour 2

Sometimes I write in colors and forms.  Here is a virtual factory tour from Chocolate World, Hershey, PA.  Each choco-loco car was spinning madly much of the time, lending to the dizzy excitement.  I so enjoyed being Charlie (less Willie Wonka) that I took the tour twice.   [please hover over […]


around the world in 80 clichés: review of perelman’s westward ha!

Westward Ha! by S.J. Perelman My rating: 2 of 5 stars As follow-up to Twain’s Innocents Abroad, I recently read Westward Ha! in the globe-trotting vein. Soon after WWII, a magazine named Holiday actually suggested and financed a year-long jaunt around the world for two, shall we say, neurotic New […]


the struggle of meaninglessness: review of knausgaard’s my struggle book 1

My Struggle: Book One by Karl Ove Knausgård My rating: 2 of 5 stars As usual: don’t believe the critics. This lionized work from a Norwegian media star, while an odd and, in a voyeuristic way, oddly engrossing book, is also a failure. The confusion starts with the title – […]