No Blade of Grass by John Christopher

There world has been coming to an end since 1956. There has been an explosion of dystopian futures of late.  If you wandered around any Scholastic Book Faire this year, you saw that just about one out of ever four titles in the fiction section featured some kind of horrific future. It’s oddly comforting to…

New York Bookstore Rambling Continues

Just two more books to add to my total since the last post.  Two more books from two different bookstores, which implies that I’m keeping to my one-book-per-store requirement. We visited McNally Jackson Books down on the Lower East Side after a trip to The Tenement Museum which is a must see if you ever…

My New Favorite Play: Indecent by Paula Vogel

See that text in the picture.  That’s a projection, a device that will be used throughout Paula Vogel’s wonderful new play Indecent. There will be one towards the end that says “An impossibly long line.”  It will break my heart. This is the fourth play C.J. and I have seen on our trip to New…

Disobedience by Naomi Alderman

I didn’t really like Naomi Alderman’s novel, Disobedience. I found it kind of annoying.  But it has stayed with me for some time, near the surface, too.  Maybe I don’t like it because it hits oddly close to home. The characters bothered me.  I believed in them; I just wanted to smack some sense into…

New York City Book Buying Total Reaches Seven!

So I am  at seven books for seven days, as planned. Today, we made the obligatory visit to The Strand Bookstore, which you really must see if you visit New York and you love books.  The advertize 18 miles of books, which is probably true. Four stories of books, mostly new titles at a slightly…