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Archived Since:April 27, 2010

Blog Post Archive

So it seems the sky has been falling since I last wrote a blog entry

In nearly two months, it would seem for some people, a lot of important things have happened. Something about some puppies trying to get people mad while ultimately getting pounded in the butt by a butt, I think. Something else about...Show More Summary

Personal news and an upcoming book review you never knew you wanted me to review

I've been busy the past couple of weeks training for my first 5K race, which was this morning. Although I didn't break my personal best due to the cooler temps and being unaccustomed to running uphill (I usually run on a relatively flat...Show More Summary

Nathaniel Hawthorne, Tales and Sketches

Bartram and his little son, while they were talking thus, sat watching the same lime-kiln that had been the scene of Ethan Brand's solitary and meditative life, before he began his search for the Unpardonable Sin. Many years, as we have seen, had now elapsed, since that portentous night when the IDEA was first developed. Show More Summary

Herman Melville, Mardi

Her name was Yillah. And hardly had the waters of Oroolia washed white her olive skin, and tinged her hair with gold, when one day strolling in the woodlands, she was snared in the tendrils of a vine. Drawing her into its bowers, it gently transformed her into one of its blossoms, leaving her conscious soul folded up in the transparent petals. Show More Summary

Herman Melville, Typee and Omoo

In a primitive state of society, the enjoyments of life, though few and simple, are spread over a great extent, and are unalloyed; but Civilization, for every advantage she imparts, holds a hundred evils in reserve; – the heart burnings,...Show More Summary

Beginning a new reading project

I have been busy the past three weekends, boxing up roughly 1500 books, magazines, literary journals, and CDs and moving them into a new shed that a cousin of mine built for this purpose. It was interesting to have certain memories well...Show More Summary

A few things I resolve to do in 2016

A couple of days late (having to work Friday combined with recovering from a mild bout of bronchitis), but I thought I'd post a few New Year's Resolutions here for people curious about such things (and for me to reference later in the year):1. Show More Summary

So it's been a long time since I've blogged anywhere

I had fully intended to resume regular blogging this autumn after taking a hiatus of sorts to recharge my mental batteries. But instead, a few things conspired to occupy my time: having to study for two Praxis exams so I could add aShow More Summary

April-August 2015 Reads

The paucity of books listed here should give the reader here an idea just how little I have read so far this year in comparison to previous years, when I would usually have read 250-300 books by now. I think I'll be reading quite a bit...Show More Summary

Belatedly, The OF Blog Turns 11

Tuesday marked the eleventh anniversary of this blog, but as was par for the course this year, I was a bit too busy (jogging 7.63 miles that night) to celebrate it until now. But really, there are things to celebrate even now, even though...Show More Summary

Some more brief thoughts on the 2015 Hugo Awards

. No, I have more to say than I did a few months ago when the finalists were announced. I haven't really had much to say on those awards (or pretty much, any awards longlist or shortlist these past few months) because I have spent much of the year not reading. Show More Summary

Renovatio blogis

I said four months ago (using April Fool's Day as a cover) that I was contemplating shuttering this blog after nearly eleven years. There were many reasons why I had reduced my blogging frequency (and by extension, my overall onlineShow More Summary

A serendipitous discovery

A little over a week ago I went shopping at my favorite Nashville used bookstore, McKay Books. As usual while waiting for my books to be processed for trade credit, I browsed through the Foreign Language section (typically, somewhere...Show More Summary

Harper Lee, Go Set a Watchman

In evaluating certain literary works, conventional, tried-and-true approaches sometimes must be jettisoned. This certainly has proven to be the case with the recently-released Harper Lee novel, Go Set a Watchman. Much (e-)ink has been...Show More Summary

A little personal update before resuming reviews

As I've said before on a few occasions, 2015 to date has been devoted much more to improving my health (2014's kidney stone and back injuries wreaked havoc on my body shape and health) than reading or translation work. Back in January,...Show More Summary

Famous writer talks about being classified as a "science fiction" writer

For many readers and even some writers of science fiction, debates on who is or is not "mainstream" writing in the field may seem to be a relatively new development, or at least one that has developed new branches. However, fifty years...Show More Summary

And now, a few thoughts on the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award

... Just kidding. I actually like this shortlist, having read (and reviewed) three of the six shortlisted titles last year. The Girl With All The Gifts - M.R. Carey (Orbit)The Book Of Strange New Things - Michel Faber (Canongate)Europe...Show More Summary

February and March 2015 Reads

This list of books read in February and March ought to underscore just how little I've read so far this year compared to the past decade (the last time I read under 100 books in a year was 2005, a year in which I worked full-time and was a full-time non-trad college student). Show More Summary

After nearly eleven years, it may be time to call it quits

The days and nights are like blurs now. Strange to realize that I only posted once in March and barely a handful of times in February. I have read only a handful of books over the past two months and I forgot to log what I had read even then. Show More Summary

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