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Armageddon in Retrospect

A Posthumous Collection of Essays on War and Peace, By Kurt Vonnegut

And how should we behave during this Apocalypse? We should be unusually kind to one another, certainly. But we should also stop being so serious. Jokes help a lot. And get a dog, if you don’t already have one. Whenever strangers or acquaintances ask me who my favorite writer is, I always say Kurt Vonnegut. […]

The Imperfectionists

A Uninspired Glimpse into the Lives of A Group of Newspaper Professionals that is Well-Edited but Not Well-Written, And Also, Go Fuck Yourself, Tom Rachman, By Tom Rachman

If you didn’t already, take a look at the subtitle. I did not like this book and was, in fact, offended by it. Tom Rachman’s The Imperfectionists takes us into the inner workings and private lives of a cadre of professionals at an English-language newspaper based in Rome. The novel is told in a series […]

The Wonder Spot

A Charming Collection of Short Stories, By Melissa Bank

Melissa Bank’s The Wonder Spot presents a series of vignettes about the life of Sophie Applebaum, a witty and somewhat insecure Jewish girl from Surry, Pennsylvania. Beginning with a young Sophie skipping Hebrew classes to smoke cigarettes in the bathroom, the novel follows her path to adulthood as she searches for the basics: love and […]