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 →

Film Review: The Skeleton Twins

The Skeleton Twins

Skeleton Twins written and directed by Craig Johnson (Duplass Brothers Productions, Venture Forth, Roadside Attractions, R, 93 min) Starring Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Luke Wilson, Ty Burrell. A Special Bond? Rumor has it that twins share a special connection. Some even create their own language. What does that bond look like as they grow up and start their own families? The relationship between twins functions as the central theme to Craig Johnson’s The Skeleton Twins. Twins A dark comedy, the film begins with Milo (Bill Hader) finishing a suicide note before reclining in a bath tub to slit his wrists. Simultaneously, his twin sister Maggie (Kristen Wiig), three time zones away, prepares to swallow a lethal dose of pills. Before… Read More →

Book Review: Infinite Jest

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

Infinite Jest: A Novel by David Foster Wallace (New York: Little, Brown, and Company, 1996. 1,104 pp) Born in Ithaca, New York, David Foster Wallace was a regionally ranked junior tennis player in his youth. He earned a degree in English and Philosophy from Amherst College, winning the Gail Kennedy Memorial Prize. Later, he earned a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Arizona. Wallace taught literature at Emerson College, Illinois State University, and later became the Roy E. Disney Professor of Creative Writing and Professor of English at Pomona College. Over the course of his career, he earned a MacArthur Fellowship, the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction, and the Lannan Literary Award. Wallace died in… Read More →

Book Review: Love Is a Dog from Hell

Love Is a Dog from Hell: Poems, 1974-1977 by Charles Bukowski (New York: Ecco, 2003; originally published in 1977. 312 pp) Charles Bukowski is one of America’s best-known contemporary writers of poetry and prose. He was born in Andernach, Germany, to an American soldier father and a German mother in 1920, and he moved to the United States at the age of three. He was raised in Los Angeles and lived there for fifty years. He published his first story in 1944 when he was twenty-four and began writing poetry at the age of thirty-five. He died in San Pedro, California, on March 9, 1994, at the age of seventy-three. For a Friend I recently lost a friend of mine…. Read More →