Quack! Quack!

My book review of Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them by Donovan Hohn is live at The Internet Review of Books. I loved this book. Aside from the title, which has to be oneContinue reading “Quack! Quack!”

Magical Realism, or Gabito Meets the Mexican Mafia

According to my dictionary, magical realism is a literary genre or style associated especially with Latin America that incorporates fantastic or mythical elements into otherwise realistic fiction. After this week, I would venture to say this definition is largely a North American attempt to grasp events as they naturally occur in Latin American countries. Authors may simply be writingContinue reading “Magical Realism, or Gabito Meets the Mexican Mafia”

Cold Turkey

addict |ˈadikt| noun a person who is addicted to a particular substance, typically an illegal drug : a former heroin addict. • [with adj. ] informal an enthusiastic devotee of a specified thing or activity : a must book for the crossword-puzzle addict | a self-confessed chocolate addict. ORIGIN early 20th cent.: from the obsoleteContinue reading “Cold Turkey”

Three Little Pebbles

Another canine traffic jam at the door. Sit. Stay…. Okay Like lit bottle rockets they launch, rounding the corner of the house to some imagined danger I cannot see. A thousand toads bleat and honk,while rain sizzzles on the roof. The pond is full. Finally, the drought ends. Sharp air, frost on the ground, myContinue reading “Three Little Pebbles”

Book Review: The Tenth Parallel

My review of Eliza Griswold’s book, The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line between Christianity and Islam, is live at The Internet Review of Books. “Journalist and poet Eliza Griswold spent seven years investigating and reporting on religious conflict around the globe. That she lived to tell about it is remarkable. Her travels tookContinue reading “Book Review: The Tenth Parallel”

Resolutions for the New Year

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” Henry Ford New Year’s resolutions, like laws, are for breaking. Yet, I feel inclined to make some this year. Nothing big, mind you, because high and mighty dreams lead to failure. The biggest and hardest of these involves disconnecting myContinue reading “Resolutions for the New Year”

Betancourt Memoir

I just reviewed Ingrid Betancourt’s new memoir, Even Silence Has an End, for The Internet Review of Books. It is a story I have been waiting to read, a story I followed for six plus years while Betancourt was held captive by the Revolutionary Armed Forces  of Colombia, the FARC. There are a couple ofContinue reading “Betancourt Memoir”