Book Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: A Novel by Mark Haddon (New York: Vintage, 2003. 226 pp) Mark Haddon is an English novelist educated at Merton College, Oxford. He has written numerous children’s books and his debut novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, won the Whitbread Award, Guardian Prize, and a Commonwealth Writers Prize. The Dreams of Our Fathers The joys of fatherhood: snuggles on Saturday morning the awe at a young mind forming as he explores a new phenomenon the odd waddle as he picks up walking speed hearing “Dad” at any point in time mimicry whether a hand motion or a facial expression the need to hold hands when he’s trying… Read More →

Donovan’s Top 10 Albums of 2013

The day of reckoning fast approaches for the music industry. Without the subsidy of a massive release from Adele (granted acts like Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, and Lady Gaga sure tried to replicate her superhuman feats this year), 2013 feels like a transitional year. Many have written on the shifting music scene, the death of genre, and the inability to cash in on massive marketing campaigns. In fact, the most successful album of the year might have been successful because it wasn’t marketed. I’m speaking, of course, about Beyoncé’s middle-of-the-night release. In short, music is rapidly changing—from the method of listening to the financial model necessary to support the artists. Amongst this turmoil, artists continue to make great music. My… Read More →

Album Review: Trouble Will Find Me

Trouble Will Find Me by The National

Trouble Will Find Me by The National (4AD, 2013. 55 minutes) The National is Matt Berninger, Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner, Scott Devendorf, and Bryan Devendorf. The band has released 6 full-length albums. Let It Be When you find yourself in times of trouble, what comes to you? What speaks words of wisdom? Where do you go? In those dark places where trouble might find us, we all seek our buoys, those things which speak truth to our soul. Perhaps it’s a book. Maybe a painting. Potentially a collection of songs? While I personally won’t go so far as to say Trouble Will Find Me is my muse, its content and production make it a front-runner. In short, this album sticks… Read More →