Archive for the ‘Random Notes’ Category

Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

Just reread this 1993 play, prompted by a recent piece in the New Yorker. It’s a wonderful work, probably one of the best dramas of the last 50 years, masterfully blending the past and present in the same setting, exploring sex, truth, and the Second Law of Thermodynamics. Yes, you got that right. You know, […]

Bozos on the fiction bus?

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

Once again, David Shields tosses a literary grenade across the table, challenging everything we think we know about fiction. (Everything we know is wrong? Are we all bozos on this bus?) A fervent provocateur for a complete re-thinking of how we write and think about books (novels mostly), Shields continues his advocacy of collage – […]

Great review in Cedar Rapids…

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

“Wightman perfectly places the optimism of youth against the crossroads of adulthood.”

Read it here: Cedar Rapids Gazette

You can’t do that in a bookstore!

Friday, June 14th, 2013

At Milwaukee’s Boswell Books, May 21, 2013, Pepperland book launch, The Paperback Writers thrash through a classic Beatles tune. Click above.  

Pepperland, live at Boswell Books – Side 1, Track 1

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

¬†Area man makes the ’70s come alive in bookstore. Click above…