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Original Essays | September 30, 2014

Benjamin Parzybok: IMG A Brief History of Video Games Played by Mayors, Presidents, and Emperors



Brandon Bartlett, the fictional mayor of Portland in my novel Sherwood Nation, is addicted to playing video games. In a city he's all but lost... Continue »

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The Old Patagonian Express: By Train Through the Americas by Paul Theroux
The Old Patagonian Express: By Train Through the Americas

Leo Vleugels, November 16, 2012

In "The Old Patagonia Express" Paul Theroux manages to elevate the genre of travel writing to a level rarely seen before. Theroux's journey, be it unique by itself, is not just one of regions,countries and continents, it is a journey through humanity and art. Next to stunning descriptions of landscapes, there are the many little witty, sad or strange stories that Theroux hears when talking to his fellow travellers and for the literary buffs there is Theroux's meeting with Jorge Luis Borges. All in all far, "The Old Patagonian Express" is far more than just a traveloque, it is a box of surprises that nurture mind and soul of even the most spoiled reader.

Picture sitting cozy inside in your favorite armchair, snow falling outside, phone off the hook and this book. Be sure that you have enough food around because once you embark with Paul Theroux on this journey, it is pretty hard to bail out. This is the book that keeps you spinning pages until it is done. I have read it three times and only because I really wanted to enjoy it forced myself to take it slow; the first time I read it I finished it the same day.
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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Leo Vleugels, August 4, 2012

Probably my best read in 2012!!! The story of a recently pensioned man who in stead of sending a letter to a dying friend decides to walk to her to bring his message; only it is over 600 miles, diagonal across the UK and he is not trained nor prepared. A journey across the UK and into a man's heart. Truly amazing book.
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The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht
The Tiger's Wife

Leo Vleugels, January 1, 2012

A wonderful tale, skillfully told, complex and humane, secretive and yet open. Surely my best read this year.
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Black Water Rising by Attica Locke
Black Water Rising

Leo Vleugels, January 1, 2011

Absolutely grand debut!! Couldn't put it down.
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