Random Notes

Schopenhauer meets Maynard G. Krebs…

July 15, 2012
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The Asphalt Warrior by Gary Reilly Running Meter Press, Denver, 200 pages ISBN: 978-0-984786-0-0-8 What if the gloomy 19th century German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer drove a cab in Denver? What if Schopenhauer, crossed with Maynard G Krebs (you do know who that is, don’t you?) by way of comedian Steven Wright, chased fares in the […]


Live and let love

June 29, 2012
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(This review was originally published in the Washington Independent Review of Books.) Let’s see, a new novel by John Irving. Wrestling? Check. Gender confusion? Check. Northern New England? Check. Vienna? Check. Bears? No. Charm? Check. A closer look. Right off the bat, we understand the title—here’s the novel’s epigraph: “Thus play I in one person […]


Think Seinfeld and Kramer meet Elmore Leonard and Herman Melville…

May 17, 2012
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A Naked Singularity University of Chicago Press, May 2012 by Sergio De La Pava (This review was published in the Washington Independent Review of Books, May 2012) Crack open this fat novel with the zingy black and white moiré cover, retro-psychedelia in all its head-trip glory, and you are faced with an ominous epigraph, two […]


Entropy at work…

May 7, 2012
My other car is a Pynchon novel

Pynchon in Public Day 2012 is tomorrow…May 8.  A screaming will come across the tweeter…


He do the desert in different voices…

March 19, 2012
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(This review was originally published in the Washington Independent Review of Books on March 19, 2012.) Astronaut David Bowman, after painfully decommissioning the charming rogue supercomputer HAL as they approach Jupiter’s moon Iapetus in the 1968 film 2001 A Space Odyssey, confronts a space oddity. To those of us who saw the epic movie by […]