Sunday, September 13, 2009
I did a book review of the novel "Huge" by James W. Fuerst. It's young adult lit, but it's the perfect kind of YA - the kind that also appeals to grown-ups. The book is a riff on a hardboiled detective novel; the pre-teen narrator is a big fan of Raymond Chandler. As a mystery fan and a YA fan/aspiring writer, I enjoyed the hell out of this book. Read more about it here on Mostly Fiction.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
I'm doing a four-part exegesis of the Guns 'n' Roses album "Chinese Democracy" for the blog Running Downhill. Here's the first section, more to follow.
9/22/09: Part 2 up now here.
From the intro:
"Guns ‘n’ Roses’ “Chinese Democracy” took the better part of two decades to record and release. It’s a dense, bewildering album that can’t be judged as a whole because there is so much going on, a lot of which is brilliant, but plenty of which is schlock. In an effort to figure out what is going on in this record, and to decide if I like it, I went through it, cataloging and responding to every part of every song."