Category Archives: Book review

Treating myself

With money as tight as it is around here right now, it’s hard to get me to treat myself sometimes. But I’m not made of stone, and gift cards can be wonderful things. My current highlight is an “ugly sweater” … Continue reading

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Friday’s Mailbag: reviewing book submissions about…

This week’s myserious mis-delivered mail features a linen white business envelope with a folded letter within. There are some adhesive marks on the back which suggest that it may have once been attached to a larger package. No package exists … Continue reading

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Rumor Tuesday — Canine Edition

In honor of the newest addition to the Teehan family, today’s Rumors edition features claims about dogs that you probably hadn’t heard before. Dog drool was used by ancient Sumerians as an ingredient to beer, as a stomach medicine, and … Continue reading

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The Ogre Picks On Philosotainer Scott Adams

When I hit a bookstore such as Borders or Barnes & Noble, it’s in a fairly preditable pattern. I start in the front with the new books, weave past the periodicals for either poetry journals or fictionmags, then up to … Continue reading

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The Friday Mailbag Reveals Disturbing Events

This week’s mailbag includes a folded letter on church stationery. The letter will be burned after reading. Dear Reverend Blackfell, The parish council, after days of discussion and debate, have decided to terminate your position at St. Sebastians. We feel … Continue reading

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I Couldn’t Make This Mail Up If I Tried

Today’s mail…well what can I say? You can’t make this stuff up. The first letter arrived in a yellowed business envelope. There is the rusty profile of a paperclip along one edge, but the paperclip itself is long gone. Typed … Continue reading

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A Meeting Regarding the Haversham Mist and the Disappearance of the Pogo Boys.

This week’s mail seems vaguely ominous, and given the amount of rain and gray skies we’ve been experiencing, I am not comforted. Folded and sealed with a small blob of wax: To the Head of Residence: We encourage you and … Continue reading

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Microserfs, Ben Lies, and Midnight Double Features

I’m reading Microserfs right now by Douglas Coupland and am finding it an interesting experience somewhat. It has much in common with Coupland’s later work, Jpod, in that it’s about a small group of verk geek-intensive computer programmer types (at … Continue reading

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Back from the Mouse, Gum Thieves, and Gildersleeves

Still in recovery from a wonderful little mini-vaction to Florida. And I’ve come home to a decent pile of work which I need to get cracking on right away. Florida was fantastic. Warm. Upper 70s which is like heaven compared … Continue reading

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