Pops

Author: Michael Chabon Type: Non-fiction, essays Full title: Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces Published: 2018 I read it: July 2018 An admission: I still haven’t read any of Michael Chabon’s critically acclaimed novels. Or, to restate: I still haven’t read any of Michael Chabon’s novels, which are critically acclaimed (or so I hear). I think The…

Lost at Sea

Author: Jon Ronson Type: Non-fiction, essays (anthology) Full title: Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries Published: 2001-2012 (original essays); 2012 (this collection) I read it: July 2018 From the first essay about Insane Clown Posse and their strange religious leanings, Jon Ronson’s collection of essays is highly readable and almost always fascinating. That is,…

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2017

Editor: Sarah Vowell (introduction) Type: Fiction, non-fiction, short stories, essays, comics, poetry, memoir Published: 2017 I read it: November 2017 If 2016 was the volume that felt like a last big inhale before American politics crashed down at the end of that year, then this year’s BANR collection is the painful exhale, reading like a…

Guns

Author: Stephen King Type: Non-fiction, essay (Kindle single) Published: 2013 I read it: August 2017 (re-read) Throughout my re-reading adventure of The Dark Tower series, I kept thinking back to this essay that Stephen King released in the spring following the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. I had remembered that part of King’s goal…

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2003

Author: Dave Eggers (series editor), Zadie Smith (introduction) Type: Fiction, non-fiction, short stories, essays, comics, humor (anthology) Published: 2003 I read it: May 2017 2003. The first year of the Iraq war. The release year of a bunch of my favorite albums before I turned more noticeably into new tastes. A full decade before my first…

A Pen Warmed-Up in Hell

Author: Mark Twain Editor: Frederick Anderson Type: Non-fiction, essays Full title: A Pen Warmed-Up in Hell: Mark Twain in Protest Published: 1870-1907 (original essays); 1979 (this collection) I read it: December 2016 In the Introduction, editor Frederick Anderson offers nuggets of Twain outtakes that set the tone for the book. And even in these earliest…

Headstrong

Author: Rachel Swaby Type: Non-fiction, essays Full title: Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science—and the World Published: 2015 I read it: December 2016 Rachel Swaby opens her book by telling about her inspiration for it—the obituary of Yvonne Brill. Published in 2013, the article started off listing Brill’s success as a mother and wife, as…