The Run of His Life

Well, I’m surprised that it took seven months, but once again I find myself nearly incapacitated (as in, practically on the floor and crying in pain) by a headache.  This was the worst attack since the event in December, the one where I thought I was having a stroke while on at Cost’s World Market. …

The Fishermen

It’s Sunday . . . and it’s cool! After a week of temps in the high 80s and 90s – with humidity to match – it is finally a nice and comfortable mid-70s day, and I’m in love.  I may actually end up using my oven tonight, and if that happens, not only will I…

Fifty A Day, Plus Expenses

Since I’ve got some down time, I could do one of two things: Work or read. And I’m not working.  Ha! I’m on semester break, so . . . um, yeah. So, I visited a used bookstore – because I have absolutely nothing in my home to read (save for those two hundred books stacked on…

Operation Finish the Book

After realizing how long it’d taken me to finish Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, I decided to see what else was on my bookshelf that I’d been reading in slow motion.  Well, ten months ago, I picked up a copy of Selwyn Raab’s, Five Families: The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of America’s Most Powerful Mafia Empires…

A Criminal Booklist, pt. 1

In preparation for my upcoming academic term, I figured I’d post some of the materials I’ve been using, just in case others have similar literary interests.  My focus (for the time being, at least) is on the 19th century, both as a social turning point, but also as one in which crime became a social…

Summer Days

I’ve not been able to write much this last week because the heat has made it near impossible to sit for any length of time without practically melting on the spot.  Today’s been better – infinitely better – than the last week, but it’s still pretty warm in the homestead.  The rest of the week…

Time for Reading!

Because I know that everyone was awaiting the thrilling conclusion to Sunday’s campus printing fiasco, I figured that I’d fill you all in: An early morning visit took me to the Card Services office of the university.  Four minutes later (if that long), I had twenty bucks credited to my printing account. That’s it. Sorry…

Two New Pages

I’m doing some site improvements! You may have noticed my ‘Hobbies‘ page tab above that lists all of my forays into the world of prop-making.  Well, soon there will be a second new tab, this one for ‘Books.’  I’ve mentioned a few titles  occasionally here; my hopes are that any material under this banner will…

Perchance to Read

I love books. I’ve been a vociferous reader my entire life.  To be honest, there’s a certain pleasure that one finds while immersed in the pages of a well-written tome; I don’t know if it’s the idea of engaging the imagination, or the fact (more often than not) that the world on the page can seem…

Summer Reading

Currently, I’m working my way through Ed Falco’s, The Family Corleone (Grand Central Publishing, 2013), the “prequel” to Mario Puzo’s The Godfather (Putnam, 1969).   Set in the early 1930s, the book’s events essentially expand upon certain themes and issues that Puzo mentioned in his original work, with a lot of filler to explain how Vito…

Some ‘Light’ Reading

The last month might as well have been called “Medieval-ary,” because that’s pretty much where my head has been. Not just with the food and drink experiements, but just my whole attitude. I’ve started to re-read Umberto Eco’s 1980’s classic, The Name of the Rose.  This is not a text for the faint-at-heart; it’s a…