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One question

Posted in books, religion on September 9, 2010 by Jonathan

In time for fall reading, Deepak Chopra has written a novel on the life of Muhammad.

Is it illustrated?

Gainfully Unemployed

Posted in books with tags , , , , , on June 28, 2010 by Jonathan

Finally – a book for all those millions of people who are out of work and who, when not looking for a job, are wondering, “What do I do with all this time on my hands?”

Gainfully Unemployed: 17 Ways to Maintain Your Sanity while Looking for Work is currently available only on Kindle, but will soon be released through print-on-demand via

It’s sheer genius.

My Favorite Writers – Living, Dead, and Otherwise

Posted in arts, books, culture, entertainment on March 7, 2010 by Jonathan

With apologies to those who aren’t on the list but most certainly deserve to be:

Mark Steyn, Malcolm Gladwell, C.S. Lewis, Charles Dickens, Alex Garland, Rob Long, Zadie Smith, Steve Martin, Dave Barry, Captain John G. Bourke, Bill Bryson, Paul Johnson, Tom Wolfe, C.J. Samson, William Shakespeare, G.K. Chesterton, O. Henry, Neil Gaiman, Michael Chabon, Joe Queenan, Edgar Allan Poe, and whoever writes the ingredients for Ghirardelli chocolate bars.

The Wolfeman

Posted in books on March 3, 2010 by Jonathan

Yesterday was Tom Wolfe’s birthday. There seems to be some disagreement about his age: my local paper gives him 80 years, but Wikipedia gives him a youthful 79. I use the word “youthful” only semi-ironically, as his writing style, his interests, and most of all his demeanor signify someone who comes across as much younger than his all-white suit would suggest. Say what you will about the man: You don’t get the impression he’s ever been bored with life.

Hopefully he’ll stick around for the publication of his next book, which last I heard is titled Back to Blood —  a Tom Wolfeian title if ever there was one — and centers around race and class and whatnot in Miami.

Happy fun times in Sweden

Posted in books on January 28, 2010 by Jonathan

Here’s an interesting piece on the author of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and its sequels. I haven’t read any of them — crime stories set in Sweden don’t exactly call out to me, although the smoking hot babe on the covers may make me reconsider their literary merit. It always does.


Posted in books on December 1, 2009 by Jonathan

Not so sure if I agree with this subtitle of a review of Paul Johnson’s biography of Winston Churchill:

How the Paris Hilton of British politics became the savior of the Western world
Yeah… Might want to change that.

Barbarians on the web

Posted in books, culture, politics on November 24, 2009 by Jonathan

Big Hollywood’s John Nolte, who once upon a time wrote insightful movie reviews at a dearly-missed blog called Dirty Harry’s Place, can be one of the best cultural commentators out there. He’s in top form again, this time exposing a Leftist website that recently told its readers to trash a conservative novel on — without ever reading it:

Last week Sadly, No! decided to target John J. Miller’s Big Hollywood article about his novel “The First Assassin.”  Violating their own mission statement, the attack wasn’t based on any “embarrassing” or “untrue” statements made by Miller. They just found it oh-so hilarious that the novel is self-published. As a snark attack, it’s Gawker-lite –- and Gawker isn’t all that impressive — but here’s what’s especially confusing…

Ridiculing a self-published novel are writers working for a … wait for it, wait for it …. self-published blog – a self-published blog with fewer daily visits than my local Home Depot. In their mission statement, Sadly, No! claims to be a “humor site,” but these self-published authors obviously missed the chapter on “Irony” in “Building a Poorly Trafficked Humor Website for Dummies.”

[Hat tip: Andrew Klavan]