Link: The A.V. Club review of Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology
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Links: Love, Music, and Joy: The Story of Core Demo

  I have to admit, I’m bad about reading things my talented friends write as much as I should. But Matt Peters posted something with Mighty Ink Comics the other day on Core Demo, a fundraiser he started and with which I was honored to be involved a few years back. I hosted the inaugural event, despite my usual stage fright. It was an incredibly strange event — I wrote fictional biographies for unsuspecting belly dancers, if you were wondering just how strange — but for a great cause. It was something personal for Matt, and he tells the story Continue reading

Links: Lego Batman Movie review for 22nd Century Media

It’s been a little while since I’ve had a chance to review a film for 22nd Century Media. I was happy, though, that I got back into it courtesy of “The Lego Batman Movie,” which is a ton of fun. You can check out my full review of it here. (subscription)

Links: Orland Park couple’s container garden

I put together a story on a couple’s container garden, which I didn’t expect to do much with. But I was taken by the personalities of the couple, thought what they had done was really cool and found a lot of interesting little story threads in the bigger picture. So I wound up doing a few things in a different style than I normally try with news/features writing at the day job, and I wound up pretty happy with the way this little story about a garden turned out 1,600 words later. The story is on a subscription site, FYI, Continue reading

Links – The A.V. Club: The Humorless Ladies of Border Control review

I have been a fan of Franz Nicolay’s work as a musician for awhile now. I was excited when I got the assignment to read his book “The Humorless Ladies of Border Patrol” for The A.V. Club. And I am happy to report now that it’s good, especially if you’re interested at all in the changing dynamics and history of Eastern Europe, as well as the counterculture perspective on it. The only thing I wish it had a little more of is Nicolay’s personality, because when he really lets it shine, the book is at its best. Full review can be found Continue reading

Links – The A.V. Club: The best books of 2016 so far

The A.V. Club put together a “The best books of 2016 so far” thing, and the site was kind enough to let me contribute to it. Know going in that I probably left off your favorite book of the year (or the only book you started reading this year). I do that sometimes. Instead of considering your opinions, I just went ahead and added that wonderful Bob’s Burgers Burger Book with which I had so much fun, the Dave Eggers books I just got done reading/reviewing and then a memoir by Amber Tozer that I didn’t have a chance to Continue reading

Links – The A.V. Club: Review of Dave Eggers’ “Heroes of the Frontier”

It’s been awhile since I have had an opportunity to review some literary fiction, usually skewing more toward the realm of memoirs and other nonfiction. But The A.V. Club gave me the opportunity to review Dave Eggers’ latest, Heroes of the Frontier. I found it to be a delightful read and more than a little complex. I had a fun time trying to break it down, both in a general review, as well as a new feature called The Last Page, which delves specifically into the last chapters of the book, so, you know, spoiler warning!

Links: A.V. Club review of Neil Gaiman’s The View from the Cheap Seats

I recently reviewed Neil Gaiman’s The View from the Cheap Seats, a collection of selected nonfiction, for The A.V. Club. While I like the work a lot, the essays are previously published, and I’m not quite sure the book does a good enough job of justifying itself beyond collecting them in one place. But I explain in more detail here.

Link: A.V. Club review of NOFX’s Hepatitis Bathtub book

We’ll file this under things that probably won’t make my mother proud. I recently reviewed the NOFX memoir The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories for The A.V. Club. It turns out it’s more oral history than a comprehensive NOFX autobiography, but that’s just fine, as far as I’m concerned. Fans should like the backstage stories feel the book has, though it occasionally fails to live up to its potential. You can read the review in full by clicking here.