Category: Books

Reviews: Havana Nocturne, Water for Elephants, American Made, Polaris, Seeker, A Talent for War

April 28th, 2009
We flew to San Antonio for my cousin's wedding this month; airline travel always leads to more reading. Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba and then Lost It to the Revolution by T. J. English - 6.5/10 An interesting read, well articulated, and… more »

Reviews: Who Murdered Chaucer?, Assembling California

April 8th, 2009
Who Murdered Chaucer?: A Medieval Mystery by Terry Jones, Robert Yeager, Alan Fletcher, Juliette Dor, Terry Dolan - 6.5/10 The premise of this book is that Chaucer was possibly bumped off in 1400 (or so). Yes, he was in his 60s, but there are no cont… more »

Reviews: Coraline, Revelation, India after Gandhi, Watchmen

March 18th, 2009
Coraline - 8/10 I really enjoyed Coraline. Not an ambitious film but very well executed, and replete with the odd, imaginative touches that are a hallmark of Neil Gaiman's work. The story is simple but elegant; I particularly appreciated the realism of… more »

Matt Taibbi on Thomas Friedman

February 3rd, 2009
I've never been a fan of bestselling pop econ/business/sociologist author Thomas Friedman; since I read The Lexus and the Olive Tree several years ago I rapidly came to the conclusion that he said things that were either obvious or stupid. But he did so… more »

Reviews: Benjamin Button, Shakespeare: The World as Stage

January 22nd, 2009
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 8/10 This was a movie about a life. It was very well written, well acted, and exceptionally well filmed - although the young/old (or is that old/young?) Benjamin Button smacked a little bit of Peter Jackson's Gollu… more »