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Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion (4/5 stars) by All Things Beautiful on Apr 14, 2013I’m not really into zombie books or movies or anything related to them. To me, they are gross, heartless creatures who just eat brains of anyone or anything with a heartbeat. But seeing the movie’s preview and some beautiful words … Continu...



Meaning is relative by Sasha & The Silverfish on Feb 10, 2013I spent a couple of calm-before-the-storm days with Lowell Lake, the martyr of his own hapless (even bewildered) making and the contra-hero of A Meaningful Life by L.J. Davis. In neat encapsulation: “There was a sense of dwindling, like a slow leak...



Light reading by Sasha & The Silverfish on Jan 30, 2013I started this draft right after I read the book—which was amazing and fun and full of useless information, exactly the sort of thing I like spending my time with, and also full of deeply human things, like the life one can lead when one is surroun...



“She had read no further.” by Sasha & The Silverfish on Jan 27, 2013I wanted to feel like there was something at stake. That way, I could commit to the text. I could commit to the story Salter has been at pains to tell me; I could actually know these people I’m reading about. I could actually read as though every p...



King and his ka-tet by Sasha & The Silverfish on Jan 26, 2013This book just dares sprawl in a way that the first two couldn’t—this one is so far removed from a dusty trail in the middle of nowhere, this book has left that long stretch of beach. There is purpose and tangible goals. The links between the wor...



01142013: A book pile to cleanse the palate by Sasha & The Silverfish on Jan 13, 2013I picked up The Drawing of the Three, the second book in Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series, because I wanted something hefty that would take me away from the bad juju flying around today. And so when Ronald wakes up at the beach (where The Gunsl...



01112013: With Salter, but mostly Ford by Sasha & The Silverfish on Jan 10, 2013I’m about seventy pages in at the moment; already Light Years feels like a bitter reminder of the literary preoccupations I had in college: When I was much younger and, thus, had more promise—when I could write what I wanted to write, and I did i...



Just more, Nick, okay? by Sasha & The Silverfish on Jan 9, 2013Proof of what makes Hornby such an effective writer on reading: He can share his experiences with books I will never ever care for, and yet I keep devouring his work. For example, here in the latest collection of his Believer columns: He prattles on...



01062013: With Proust and Franzen by Sasha & The Silverfish on Jan 4, 2013Currently reading: The Discomfort Zone by Jonathan Franzen; and Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust, translated from the French by Lydia Davis. • I’ve had a rather triumphant week: I’ve been (*holds breath*) blogging regularly—mostly driven by cha...



On Permanence by Sasha & The Silverfish on Jan 4, 2013“A building is not a sentence, which in principle has the ability to match and express a thought closely. It is not linear, like language. Compared to the fluidity of words, a building is atrociously clumsy, but it can be lived and inhabited as boo...