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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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    Sherwood Nation

    Benjamin Parzybok 9781618730862

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The Inspired Vegan: Seasonal Ingredients, Creative Recipes, Mouthwatering Menus by Bryant Terry
The Inspired Vegan: Seasonal Ingredients, Creative Recipes, Mouthwatering Menus

Scot, January 26, 2012

This is one of the best cookbooks I've encountered in a long time. It feels fresh (not easy with someone like me who reads a cookbook a week), and it is written by a person with a real point of view when it comes to food. In his life as an activist promoting healthy and sustainable eating among the communities most removed from the Whole Foods (read Whole Paycheck) lifestyle, Bryant Terry passionately makes the case that the communities mostly likely to feel alienated from the hippy, yuppy, organic loca-vore ethic have among the most to gain and much to contribute to the dialogue about sustainable, healthy eating. In fact, he argues that the traditional foodways of poor and minority communities have the answers to the pressing food justice issues we’re facing today.

This book reflect his passion about sustainable, healthy eating, while also providing us with some damned good recipes. The dishes are inspired, good for you, tasty answers to boring old granola and soy milk for breakfast; black beans and brown rice for lunch. Truly, a great cookbook from a terrific guy. Both the book and the author speak to an important issue to all of us.
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Jim the Boy by Tony Earley
Jim the Boy

Scot, January 4, 2012

This book is one of all-time favorite coming of age stories. It follows the story of a child born in hard circumstances at a time in U.S. history that, though difficult, it still full of innocence and wonder, features made even more so through the eyes of a boy.

Jim the Boy is beautifully written in a lilting, lyrical style that helps to evoke the feelings of nostalgia the story intends to exploit as it helps us to reckon with the role our rose colored memories of the past play in making us who we are. By the end of the story, we see that nostalgia is as much about the security we feel in knowing the end of the story of our lives at least until now, a point in time that, however complex, is at least determined. Especially in those moments when the future is so uncertain, looking back can give us the strength to keep moving forward.

I first read this book years ago, but I picked it up again recently and reread to find a bit of comfort in the insecure times.
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The Leopard by Jo Nesbo
The Leopard

Scot, January 4, 2012

I've loved reading the Harry Hole series of detective stories by Jo Nesbo. The Leopard is the 4th of 8 novels in the series I've read so far, and it is my favorite. I can't wait to read the rest of the series and the prospect of the series continuing (with The Phantom scheduled to release some time in 2012) is enough to make me look forward to another cold and rainy winter in 2012.

The Leopard is a smart, suspenseful, totally engrossing antidote for what ails you. If you loved the Stieg Larsson Millenium series, you will, I think, thoroughly enjoy Jo Nesbo's The Leopard.
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Angels of Destruction by Keith Donohue
Angels of Destruction

Scot, September 16, 2011

I loved Keith Donohue's debut novel, The Stolen Child. Angels of Destruction is a great follow-up. I found it riveting, fun, fast paced and intriguing. One of my favorite things about the author is the way he builds characters out of what they do, rather than by explaining the motivation behind every action and given the subject matter of his first two novels, this method of characterization works like detective novels that allow you to collect clues and race to solve the murder before the climatic reveal. Great reading.
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The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
The Art of Fielding

Scot, September 16, 2011

I'm not big on baseball but the cover art and the raves about this novel got me to pick this up. Once picked up, I couldn't put it down. It is great story beautifully told. Chad Harbach is a very special writer. And, no, you don't need to like baseball to enjoy this one.
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