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Pepperland – a Boswell Book Company Bestseller of 2013

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

Yes indeed, Pepperland is number 17 on the paperback fiction list of 2013!  It’s fun, it’s exciting, it rocks, it’s educational, it’s part of a healthy breakfast! Read it! Tell your friends!

Best reads of 2013…

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

FictionBest of the bunch, in rough chronological order: Umbrella, by Will SelfThoroughly Modern Self… Tenth of December, by George SaundersA master’s class in short fiction. A Delicate Truth, by John LeCarreHis umpteenth novel…so good. TransAtlantic, by Colum McCannSuch lovely writing. Time travel, deep links of ordinary lives. Joyland, by Stephen KingPretty good beach read. Not […]

From a hotel conference room in Palo Alto, 1973…

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Just goes to show you – the early ’70s were hugely important times, building the technology foundation we can’t live without. In today’s New York Times, an interview with two giants of the Internet – Vint Cerf and Robert Kahn.  Vint Cerf – “Everything has expanded by a factor of a million since we turned […]

“I’ve been alive forever…”

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

Actors AnonymousBy James FrancoNew Harvest (This review was originally published in The Washington Independent Review of Books, November 18, 2013) Famous Actor James Franco has written something. The book’s cover describes it as “James Franco’s brilliant debut novel.”  Ah. A clue — it is a “novel.” Here’s how it begins: “I am the Actor. I […]

And now you find yourself in 1982…

Friday, September 20th, 2013

VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV’s First WaveGavin EdwardsAtria Books The Kennedy Chronicles: The Golden Age of MTV Through Rose-Colored GlassesKennedyThomas Dunne Books (This review originally appeared in the Washington Independent Review of Books)   “We’re the reason you have no attention span. And you can pin reality TV on us too. You’re welcome.”   (Mark […]