Thick, Goopy and Awesome
Walking into Heirloom, all my fears are confirmed: The jeans and flannel shirt weren’t sufficient. Hey, it has a collar! Heirloom, a large, dimly lit restaurant with massive windows, exudes refinement and a polite, appropriate amount of warmth. I am nervous.
Sex, Sin, Scandal in ‘The System’
When I told friends or family I was currently engrossed in a book about college football, the reaction I always received was: “Really?” Yeah, I’ll admit it; I’m less than even a casual college football fan. I’ll root for Yale over anyone else and I’ll support the University of Pittsburgh out of hometown pride, but I’d be hard-pressed to name a single player or coach. My ability to follow a sports team begins and ends with the Steelers.
Holmes’ Great Dissent
Oliver Wendell Holmes is known today for many things: his decades of service on the Supreme Court, his discerning analogies (fire in a crowded theater, anyone?), his magnificent mustache (rivaling that of the almighty Salovey). But his greatest legacy transcends these popular images, found instead in his trailblazing defense of free speech.
A book writ in verse, an awesome achievement A sad, funny novel, a touching bereavement: “Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die Cherish, Perish,” a review by Scott Stern
Every review I’ve read so far has gotten the title wrong. The full title—as it was meant to be spoken, never read—is: “Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die,/Cherish, Perish, a novel by/David Rakoff.” You see? It has to rhyme. And isn’t that the point?
This year’s ten must-reads
In the last year, I have written 15 book reviews for Weekend. When I tell people that I write book reviews, they always ask me two opposing questions: (1) How do you possibly have time to read for pleasure? (2) What do you recommend?
A Recipe for Success
Anyone who ever gave money to Barack Obama paid a price far steeper than his or her donation.
OSCARS ALERT: WKND BLOG considers “Lincoln”
Lincoln and “Lincoln” by Scott Stern I was that guy — or, at least, I wanted to be. In the theater. After the movie. The one who walked out going, “They all looked so accurate. Especially Edwin Stanton! And Salmon P. Chase. And did you notice how Lincoln’s body was slanted at the very end? »
California Dreamin’ with Michael Chabon
“Telegraph Avenue” has what George W. Bush ’68 would’ve called a cast that “looked like America.” Not that he would read a book this progressive. Or one this long. Black, white, Asian, Jewish, Christian, young, old, thin, fat, really fat, gay, straight and sexually ambiguous characters all play major roles. It is as if author Michael Chabon tried to capture the entire essence of Berkeley and Oakland in a single book.