Lately I've been reading the negative reviews of books that I like. I don't know why. It might be because I need to prepare myself for when someone one-stars my writing. It might be because I find negative reviews more likely to be funny. Who knows? It turns out that every book I have ever … Continue reading Recommended Book: Apathy and Other Small Victories
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Person is a short book with no plot and it is very funny, sad, and thoughtful. I read a GoodReads review that called it lazy, and I suspect that the person who wrote that review is the author’s ex-girlfriend and/or someone he beat in a contest. Here are quotes from Person: "I don't make eye contact with any … Continue reading Recommended book: Person (by Sam Pink)
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein This story follows a boy through his life as a child, as a teenager, and as an old man. As he ages, a tree gives him her apples, her branches, and her trunk. The boy takes everything offered to him without considering that the tree has now become essentially … Continue reading The best sad books for kids
I wrote half a blog post that was essentially an ode to Virginia Woolf before I reviewed my previous two entries and noticed an unfortunate trend. In an effort to avoid creating a blog themed “Recommended books written by authors who killed themselves”, I have opted instead to recommend a book written by someone who … Continue reading Recommended book: Women by Charles Bukowski
Read a Confederacy of Dunces if you’d like to meet the most odious character ever conceived: Ignatius J. Reilly. Ignatius is a neurotic, overeducated, narcissistic, melodramatic, glutinous, deadbeat. He’s got it all. The novel revolves him and his attempts to gain and keep employment. Some people don't like books with unsympathetic characters. If you are … Continue reading Recommended book: A Confederacy of Dunces