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Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN
really liked it
Kind of a slog, especially near the end of this 700+ page opus. The book spent an awful lot of time on the business end of things, which I guess has t ...more
Aug 03, 2012
Jul 23, 2012
The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made
it was amazing
If you have seen The Room, this is a must-read. If you have not seen The Room, this book will make you want to (even as the umpteen warning signs pres ...more
Apr 20, 2014
Apr 21, 2014
Station Eleven
really liked it
A story without much momentum beyond the mystery provided by its asynchronous structure, and yet, I found it gripping, honest, and full of grace. The ...more
Jul 21, 2017
May 26, 2017
Gone Girl
really liked it
My usual problem reading fiction is that I spend the whole time trying to adapt the story into a screenplay, then cast it. I do this before I've even ...more
Mar 26, 2013
Mar 26, 2013
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
really liked it
For the first half of the book, Semple sends up Seattle with a detail and vigor that belies the semi-autobiographical nature of her story. Unlike, say ...more
May 30, 2013
May 27, 2013
Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think about Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth
it was amazing
I thought I liked this book as I was reading it, then it closed with a "I never could put it into words, but yes! EXACTLY!" argument for the merits of ...more
Mar 26, 2016
Mar 20, 2016
The War for Late Night: When Leno Went Early and Television Went Crazy
really liked it
I don't know if NBC's decision to air the Jay Leno show killed prime time television as we know it, or if it was nothing more than the nail in the cof ...more
May 24, 2013
May 16, 2013
The Platinum Age of Television: An Evolutionary History of Quality TV
liked it
Repeats itself a lot, probably so each individual chapter can exist on its own, or can be read out of order, but when you do read the whole thing (and ...more
Feb 20, 2017
Jan 04, 2017
Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, and the Lost Story of 1970
it was amazing
An engrossing read from start to finish, Browne expertly synthesizes a year in music history—and American history—through the eyes of three devolving ...more
Aug 13, 2011
Aug 07, 2011
The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World
really liked it
It took me a lot longer to get through than I wanted—or than I thought it would—but The Gift was very much a worthwhile read. The near-biographical se ...more
Jan 31, 2009
Nov 18, 2008
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, #1)
really liked it
This being my introduction to the world of Jane Austen (as twisted and mashed-up as P&P&Z may be), I have no knowledge of how much was changed ...more
Oct 2009
Jun 09, 2009
Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations with Today's Top Comedy Writers
really liked it
Its kind of inside-baseball at times, so there are certainly periods where, if you're not looking for a career in comedy, Poking a Dead Frog may not b ...more
Nov 2014
Nov 02, 2014
The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever
liked it
I had been hoping this was going to be more like Mark Harris's Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood and delve deep ...more
Aug 03, 2013
Feb 25, 2013
Radio On: A Listener's Diary
really liked it
Her first, and therefore not best, work, Sarah Vowell still manages to establish her writer's voice very early on in this diarist's look at the radio ...more
Jun 2009
Feb 09, 2008
really liked it
After all these years of reading and buying comics, I finally got around to Watchmen. It does live up to the heaps of praise, though I have to say as ...more
Dec 2008
Dec 26, 2007
Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered
really liked it
Full of great advice for creatives of all kinds: some of it obvious, some of it not, some of it easy to take, some of it a tough pill to swallow. In t ...more
May 04, 2014
May 04, 2014
I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution
it was amazing
This book just dominated my life for three days. It's about music and television, to be sure. Yet it's also about technology, the inevitable march of ...more
Jul 16, 2012
Jul 15, 2012
The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter
liked it
I'm not sure the analog revolution I've been predicting for half a decade or more is actually happening or not, but David Sax makes a fairly compellin ...more
Jun 24, 2017
Dec 08, 2016
Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste
it was amazing
Wilson's book is about Celine Dion and her 1997 album Let's Talk About Love, but only as a jumping-off point for an incredibly well-researched and wel ...more
May 30, 2009
Mar 18, 2008
The Unnamed
really liked it
Kind of haunting, mostly sad. Mysterious and weird. Gripping. Frustrating. After this and Then We Came to the End, Ferris is now on my (very) short li ...more
Feb 20, 2011
Feb 27, 2011
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
it was amazing
A fitting and brilliant end to one of the best children's/fantasay/literature series of any age. This is epic storytelling. J.K. Rowling introduces n ...more
Jul 2007
Jul 20, 2007
Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love & Karaoke
it was amazing
"If you don't enjoy the listening-to-drunk-strangers element of karaoke, you don't like karaoke. You can go sing in the shower."

I don't like karaoke,
Apr 27, 2014
Jul 27, 2013
Secret Identity (Lost, #2)
liked it
Rote and slight, yet for a fan of the show, still interesting. Like a lesser version of the season 3 episode "Expose," it's a chance to relive familia ...more
Jun 22, 2008
Jun 23, 2008
it was amazing
In this wonderful collection of personal essays about songs that have affected him in some way or another, Hornby shows us all that being a music fan ...more
Nov 19, 2008
Jan 09, 2008
Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights? (All the Wrong Questions, #4)
really liked it
A rousing conclusion to the series that manages to tease the possibility of future Lemony Snicket tales. I can't wait.
Oct 26, 2015
Oct 16, 2015
Love Is a Mix Tape
it was amazing
I swallowed this whole, devouring it in just a few hours. The first half of the book, I felt like I was reading a fictionalized version of my own life ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 06, 2007
Dark Places
liked it
Flynn nicely plays with structure and narrators—curious now, after having read this and Gone Girl, if Sharp Objects follows the same mold—but somehow ...more
Jul 20, 2015
Nov 24, 2014
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
liked it
Despite featuring verbatim scenes from the book, the movie differs greatly. In a rare move, I think I'm going to say I enjoyed the movie better. I wil ...more
Nov 02, 2008
Oct 09, 2008
The Alchemist
liked it
Feel like the lessons in this book were, though valuable, pretty obvious, even as I enjoyed the way the fable unspooled its mysteries. I'm also pretty ...more
Jan 2014
Jan 20, 2014
A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again:  Essays and Arguments
it was amazing
Wordy, witty, at times insightful and often hilarious. I found myself looking to the dictionary often, spurred by Wallace's endless vocabulary and pla ...more
Jul 27, 2008
Dec 06, 2007
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