Nonsense: The Power of Not Knowing by Jamie Holmes

“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.
Delicious Ambiguity.” ― Gilda Radner

As readers (or SNL sketch actors), we especially, can crave a complete ending. Clear storylines and plot points are ingrained into our heads like a map. But in certain stories as well as life, we have to deal with uncertainty. How to deal? Jamie Holmes has written over 200 pages on how people have been handling life’s confusion and ambiguity in every context imaginable. Continue reading

Top Five Literary Villains

Everybody loves a baddie. This was the hardest top five list I’ve had to narrow down yet. Villains are often more fun to read than the heroes. Just think about every actor interview you’ve ever seen where they say that it’s definitely more fun to play the bad guy. The same is true of reading. A villain done right is often more compelling than most of those one dimensional goody-goody heroes. Even as a kid, one of my favorite Disney characters was Hades. Also, I should note, these are villains in my sense of the word, some people may view some of these as merely antagonists. Continue reading

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

This was my second Franzen novel and I’m slowly becoming more & more of a fan.

The first few pages discouraged me. I didn’t find the characters interesting, I was impatient after finishing Freedom, the glorious, perfect read that it was. But I was reminded to remain focused. That the boring bits might be considered interesting later on & are sometimes necessary for a good read.

I started loving it because of one of the characters, Chip. If you don’t find the characters compelling after about the first 100 or 200 pages, you won’t like this entirely character focused story. The reader doesn’t have to like them, although I do, but there definitely needs to be an interest in their lives. Don’t judge the characters. Or do, but it’ll make for an awfully different read.

You get a peak into each of the family member’s life. Enid and Alfred live in the Midwest and their children, now grown, have spread toward the east. Continue reading