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The Yellow Birds is about a young veteran of the Iraq war. Everyone I knew who had read it was comparing it to Tim Obrien’s imperishable novel The Things They Carried. I can safely say that I love them both….

Joe Biden just got invited to prom by someone. He said no, but sent a corsage. Seems like this happened last year as well, but it was someone else. Some celebrity. I just drove by a Chili’s this weekend and…

Hey folks, I finally got done with a round of server migrations, so all is back online, running smoothly, and I’m happy to back for the foreseeable future. I’ll have a longer post coming on Monday, but for now I…

Hi all, the paperback of The World’s Strongest Librarian will be released next Tuesday. The designers at Gotham Books did a lovely job and it’s a good-looking pile of pages. You can view it over in the sidebar on the…

Hey all, just popping back in between a mountain of travel and work. Here’s what I’ve been reading. Some of Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer books. If you like tough guys and dames, this’ll do. Just read Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut again. Never get tired…

Howdy all, it’s been another busy week of reading and writing. A few observations and recommendations: If there has ever been a perfect book, I think it is Lonesome Dove. I’d predict that this is at least the tenth time I’ve read…

Hi all, if you’re in the Minneapolis area, I’ll be speaking at the RH Stafford branch of the Woodbury Public Library. The World’s Strongest Librarian was chosen as Washington County’s “One County, One Book” selection, and this is going to…

Perhaps this happened to someone like me, in a library very much like the one where I work: I watched a man try very hard to compliment my manager one night. “You look different somehow. What is it?” “I’m not…

This is a post I’ve written before in a few ways, but the question does keep coming up. “Why do you read fiction? Isn’t it a waste of time? Isn’t the ‘real world’ interesting enough?” As I grow older, I’ve…