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What to Booze While You Peruse, Part 2

by Derwood Hunsdale-Talbot on January 19, 2011

In Part One, we checked out what to booze based on the subject matter of our favorite books. This time we look to the sources themselves – the alcohol-soaked minds of some of the greatest writers of our time. From Williams to Wilde, align your (drinking) loyalties to the writers you love the most. Hopefully […]

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What to Booze While You Peruse, Part 1

by Derwood Hunsdale-Talbot on January 7, 2011

There’s nothing like mild intoxication to make even the dullest Russian novel seem vast and brilliantly entertaining. I recommend reading Tolstoy aloud in your best Russian accent and then re-reading that same part out loud with your best Kentucky accent, recording it all, and playing it back a week later in the privacy of your […]


13 Books to Give For Christmas

by Derwood Hunsdale-Talbot on December 14, 2010

Feed, by M.T. Anderson This is a book that, since it was published in 2002, I have given as a gift every year. And I will continue to do so until the curmudgeon in me takes over and I stop giving people anything, ever, at all. This is the beacon of all YA fiction, the […]


It’s Thanksgiving. What Are You Reading?

by Derwood Hunsdale-Talbot on November 26, 2010

Thanksgiving is coming to a close which means: Leftovers Reading while eating leftovers Reading while eating leftovers in the reclined position, Roman-style This year I have an old Margaret Atwood to peruse, The Robber Bride, and a 2004 classic by Wolfe to re-absorb, I Am Charlotte Simmons. ‘Tis the day to devour good reads. How […]

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The 25 Most Influential Stories of the Past 125 Years

by Ryan the Reader on October 26, 2010

Humans are story tellers by nature. We relate to those around us through a process which is fundamentally narrative. Our sense of rationality is not based on strict logic, but on the probability, cohesion, and fidelity a possibility has with the way we see the world. Our history is nothing more than a series of […]