Book Review: Calypso

Calypso by David Sedaris

Calypso by David Sedaris (New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2018. 272 pp) David Sedaris is an American humorist and the author of Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, among many others. He graduated from the School of Art Institute of Chicago and currently lives in West Sussex, England. When You’re Here, You’re Here When you’re here, your family. Or as a comedian suggested in his faux AI take on Olive Garden, when you’re here, you’re here. The sentiment from either slogan pushes for the value of place when building relationships. For families, aging scatters family members to the wind. Kids grow up, leave their parents, chart their own path. So, then… Read More →

Book Review: The Throwback Special

The Throwback Special

The Throwback Special: A Novel by Chris Bachelder (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2016. 213 pp) Chris Bachelder is the author of Bear v. Shark, U.S.!, and Abbot Awaits. His fiction and essays have appeared in McSweeney’s, The Believer, and the Paris Review. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Cincinnati, where he teaches at the University of Cincinnati. Rhythms and Rituals We are a species addicted to rhythm and ritual. In college, we sit in the same seat day-by-day and class-by-class. At work, we grab the same coffee order and check our emails around the same time. As parents, we do our best to create rhythms and rituals for our children. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner… Read More →

Film Review: Boyhood

Boyhood

Boyhood written and directed by Richard Linklater (IFC Productions, Detour Filmproduction, R, 149 min) Starring Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Lorelei Linklater, and Ethan Hawke. Parenthood As a new parent, I’m already concerned with how quickly time passes. Having been thoroughly warned, I’ve spent the last 9 months cherishing every second with my little man—and the milestones fly past at 100 miles per hour. My boy will grow up. And it will happen faster than I will expect. This principle causes me to resonate deeply with Richard Linklater’s Boyhood. Boyhood Filmed for a week at a time over the course of twelve years, Boyhood tells the coming-of-age story of Mason (Ellar Coltrane), a six-year old boy who lives with his mother,… Read More →

Film Review: Nebraska

Nebraska

Nebraska written by Bob Nelson, directed by Alexander Payne (Paramount Vantage, FilmNation Entertainment, Blue Lake Media Fund, R, 115 min) Starring Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, and Bob Odenkirk. Thoughts of My Son My boy isn’t even 5 months old yet, but I imagine the day when he’ll need to take care of me… Or put me in a home if I’m being honest. It’s odd to consider this little man who can’t even use a toilet will someday be someone I’ll need to rely upon. But thus is the nature of the familial relationship and the nature of aging. We all needed our diapers changed. We all procured a driver’s license. We all will retire. We all will… Read More →