Dog Man by Dav Pilkey (Review)

Dog Man Text and Illustrations By Dav Pilkey Color by José Garibaldi Children’s Book (Graphic Novel) 231 Pages, Hardcover © 2016 ISBN-13: 978-0-545-58160-8 $9.99 USD Presently, there are four books in the heroic Dog Man series by Dav Pilkey.  I’ve read only the first, and here’s a review to get the rest of you at least mildly acquainted. In case the author’s name sounds familiar, he’s the heroic creator of Captain Underpants.  If you have to ask who Captain Underpants is, visit the Children’s Room at your local library at once and tell the librarian it’s “urgent.”  I guarantee you’ll be enlightened before … Continue reading Dog Man by Dav Pilkey (Review)

When Twitter Users Don’t Have the Answers — But Some Think They Do

Twitter wasn’t yet in existence when Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold committed a mass shooting at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999.  I recall a confusing media reaction to the Columbine tragedy which may have the same root as some posts we’re seeing on Twitter now, though. There were conflicting reports on whether Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were bullied by classmates prior to their rampage.  Actually, the reports flip-flopped like a weather forecast.  To this day, if we look hard enough we’ll find only speculation, and very few people even want to discuss the possibility that two teenagers … Continue reading When Twitter Users Don’t Have the Answers — But Some Think They Do

Room by Emma Donoghue (Review)

Room By Emma Donoghue Mass Market Paperback ISBN: 978-0316268356 © 2010 $7.99 USD Also Available in Trade Paper and E-Book Editions Some highly educated people claim that literature isn’t published anymore.  My father used to say that. Room, the 2010 novel by Emma Donoghue, is one of the exceptions to that rule. You might recall a California kidnap victim named Jaycee Lee Dugard, who was missing for eighteen years before being freed in 2009.  She had two children by then, both fathered by her kidnapper. There is no indication that Room is based on that crime.  The novel must have taken more than … Continue reading Room by Emma Donoghue (Review)

R.I.P. Philip Roth

I haven’t read enough of Philip Roth’s works to speak with authority.  However, The Humbling, published in 2009, is one of the finest novels I’ve ever read. The Humbling is only about 160 pages, so it won’t take a lot of your time.  It should stay with you, though. Here’s a review: Continue reading R.I.P. Philip Roth

Stop Cornering Aaron Schlossberg

Aaron Schlossberg, the New York City lawyer who has been engaging in public rants against immigrants, is an asshole.  Most of us can agree on that. Mr. Schlossberg is also an unhinged asshole. When you encounter someone who is unhinged, do you really believe the answer is to get confrontational? If you see this guy in a public place, walk away.  Don’t make a production of walking away, either.  The only thing to pursue is a safe distance. I do that all the time, when I don’t think I can offer help to anyone.  Occasionally, I’ll stick around to offer … Continue reading Stop Cornering Aaron Schlossberg