The Laughing Monsters

‘The Laughing Monsters’ reviewed

Denis Johnson’s The Laughing Monsters, was the first novel I’ve read by the author. I really didn’t know much about him or works like Jesus’ Son and Tree of Smoke. I was pleasantly surprised with the acclaimed writer’s latest novel for the majority of the read. However, the final part of The Laughing Monsters seems…

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’ reviewed

David Shafer’s Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is a techno thriller that will eventually be made into a Jason Bourne type film. Don’t think of the novel as Lee Child or Vince Flynn. This is a literary thriller; it’s not beautiful language, but it is descriptive and creative. It reads like you don’t expect it to, and…


87th Oscar votes

A few days ago I ranked all of my favorite nominees without saying much about the choice. Well, a few coworkers and I were discussing who might win this weekend and we all made our cases for our favorite films. I’m going to do the same here. Don’t consider this a “who will win” post,…

Richard Edwards

Listen to a demo from Richard Edwards

Richard Edwards, the singer-songwriter behind Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s, just released a demo on his Soundcloud account titled “Something Wicked.” Edwards, who has released music under the Margot band umbrella since 2004, has changed his sound over the years. First the band was almost an orchestra with horns and strings. The chamber…


My favorite 87th Oscar nominees

Of the 17 films nominated for major awards (Best Picture, Director, all four acting, and two screenplays), I have yet to see four. Time just caught up with me, but I’ll see them eventually. Regardless, I have ranked the films in each category by my favorite to least favorite. Nominees I haven’t seen have been…

'Sound & Color'

Listen to the newest song from Alabama Shakes

Alabama Shakes are the band you forgot to make your favorite band to three years ago. You’ve probably heard of the rootsy Americana band from Athens, Alabama. Their stellar debut Boys & Girls went Gold and it spawned three official singles that made it to some sort of chart; most notably their breakout hit “Hold…

All the Birds, Singing

‘All the Birds, Singing’ reviewed

Evie Wyld’s second novel, All the Birds, Singing, reads like it is trying to be a great literary work to be studies in classroom. There is repetition of symbols, dialogue, and imagery. Over and over again. There are the birds, people moving like snakes, the rain, and the quote the human eye senses movement before all else.