Category Archives: Reader Advisory

Reader’s Advisory: AW: Phoenix Lights

Ezra Pound famously told writers to “make it new” even while others told them there was nothing new under the sun. Eric Tozzi has managed to do both with the latest addition to the Apocalypse Weird universe, the novel Phoenix Lights. The title of the book is taken from the 1997 UFO sighting over Phoenix, […]

Reader Advisory: Reversal

Have you ever had one of those days where things go wrong, and then instead of straightening out, they just  go wronger and wronger until everything you know is just completely screwed up? Sasha has one of those. She’s the heroine in Reversal, Jennifer Ellis’s contribution to the Apocalypse Weird universe. And boy, does she […]

Our Democracy That Was

It’s an interesting exercise in evaluating the current state of politics in the U.S. to take a good, long look at Bill Moyers’ new book, Moyers on Democracy (excerpted by, here) and compare it to Chalmers Johnson’s review of Sheldon S. Wolin’s new book, Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism, […]

ALA Announces Book Awards

First, the American Library Association Announces Literary Award Winners.  That’s great. Second, SirsiDynix’s server access has been in and out all morning. A brief e-mail from the company says that the problem has to do with network issues on IBM’s end, which literally filter down to us peons at the circulation desk who merely rely […]

In Case of Zombies, Break Glass

I’m actually on vacation this week but I also turned 40 a couple of days ago. Two birthday presents stood out, when my brother and sister-in-law presented me with copies of the Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, both by Max Brooks (aka, Max, son of Mel.) […]

The Loeb Classical Library

I don’t subscribe to the Weekly Standard and it’s literally been over a decade since I dealt with the classics (as they were called in more than one college English class) but I have nothing but respect and admiration for those who do (enjoy the classics, that is; I don’t know anyone who subscribes to […]

TechKNOW and Books to Buy

Firstly, here’s the new issue of TechKNOW, out of Kent State U.  I stuck more stuff I stole from Alterman behind the cut. BTW, speaking of Alterman: I think the guy’s a snob, but I’ve never met him and my opinion really doesn’t count, anyway. The fact is he’s a great writer, and he wrote […]


Worship the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Worship It! Now! All right, fine, don’t worship it . . . but don’t dismiss it out of hand, either. Faith is one of those wacky  things of which only humans are capable, and it’s a delicate balance between making sense of the universe in which we live, and coming […]

Still More Vonnegut

I’m not interested in turning this into the "All Vonnegut All the Time" blog, but this week, it seems to be shaping up that way.  Not that I’m complaining: I’ve been reading the gentleman’s work my whole life and am amazed and encouraged by the fact that so much of it is still in print.  […]

Vonnegut's Blues for America

Another quote from Kurt Vonnegut’s latest: ‘The blues was a gift so great that it is now almost the only reason many foreigners still like the USA. Foreigners love us for our jazz. They don’t hate us for our purported liberty and justice for all. They hate us for our arrogance.’’ I stuck another excerpt […]