Wind Sprints: Shorter Essays (book review)

A book review from The Movie Snob.

Wind Sprints: Shorter Essays, by Joseph Epstein (2016).  I’ve sung Epstein’s praises in this blog enough before.  I just really like his writing style and observations about life, literature, and everything.  The pieces in this collection, with only a couple of exceptions, are extremely short—like two pages long.  Many of them, I believe, came from Epstein’s contributions to the “Casual” feature in The Weekly Standard magazine, so I had probably read many of them before.  Still, it was a pleasure to read them again.  If you enjoy good writing, you owe it to yourself to give Epstein a try.


The Rosie Project (book review)

A book review from The Movie Snob.

The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion (2013).  A blurb on the cover calls this novel “a smart love story that will make anyone, man or woman, laugh out loud.”  Well, I don’t know if I would go that far.  It’s not bad, but it’s not as good as, say, Bridget Jones’s Diary.  It’s a first-person narrative by a middle-aged Australian genetics professor named Don Tillman.  Within a page or two, it is apparent to the reader (if not to Don) that he has Asperger’s.  Nevertheless, he decides that he should get married, and the novel is about the seriocomic events that follow.  You can probably decide from this description whether the book is likely to be your cup of tea.  I got a little tired of experiencing Don’s overly literal and analytical thought processes on almost every page of the book.  And I’m dubious about stories like this and Silver Linings Playbook (the movie) that suggest that love may be able to overcome or break through mental disorders.  But on the whole, I thought it was an enjoyable enough read.

Unabrow: Misadventures of a Late Bloomer (book review)

A book review from The Movie Snob.

Unabrow: Misadventures of a Late Bloomer, by Una LaMarche (2015).  This is a collection of short humorous essays by a gal who was born in 1980.  There are stories about her upbringing by hippie parents, her awkwardness in childhood, and her later adventures in driving, drinking, and having a baby.  And yes, as a child, she had a unibrow, displayed in its full glory in the cover photo showing the author as an extremely happy-looking child.  The author uses way too much vulgar language, but I must admit that I laughed out loud a few times while reading this book, so that makes up for a lot as far as I’m concerned.