Podcast Nook: The Wire at 20, by Method Man

Not a book, but getting filed here on the blog because that is how I treat serial podcasts these days. The Wire at 20 is an eight-episode look back at what I consider the best TV show of my lifetime, 20 years after its debut on HBO. Hosted by Method Man, who played Cheese in The Wire, the series interviews cast and creators, looking back at the show from the start, to the impact it has still had on both the crew and the fans two decades later. While Method Man is the narrator, The Cheese does not stand alone … Continue reading Podcast Nook: The Wire at 20, by Method Man

Book Nook: A Promised Land, by Barack Obama

The first of what is expected to be at least a couple of volumes of post-presidency reflection, A Promised Land is former President Barack Obama’s third full book, following The Audacity of Hope (2006) and Dreams From My Father (1995). A Promised Land explores his younger years some–growing up within a multitude of backgrounds, the passion for learning that started at a young age, meeting his wife, the girls, etc. He spends a decent amount of time on it actually. He can. This book is a time investment. 768 pages of reflection. Or, if you are like me, 29-plus hours … Continue reading Book Nook: A Promised Land, by Barack Obama

Book Nook: The Chowderhead Crusades, by JJ Walsh

Ready Player One is one of my favorite books. I tell people it is not one of the best written, but it is one of my favorites. It sits in my wheelhouse. So, when I saw Patton Oswalt, one of my favorite comedian/actors tweet that he did the audible reading for a book hailed as “Ready Player One for comic book nerds”, I thought…okay, wheelhouse me galore. The Chowderhead Crusades is written by JJ Walsh and is set in the not-too-distant future. The setup is basically the same as Ready Player One. The world has collapsed, and for largely believable … Continue reading Book Nook: The Chowderhead Crusades, by JJ Walsh

Book Nook: Hagakure, by Yamamota Tsunetomo

I’ve been reading a few classics this year (Frankenstein, Evangeline, etc.) Those were not as “classic” as Hagakure, by age standards. Hagakure was written in the early 18th by Yamamota Tsunetomo, a retainer to a Japanese ruler. Hagakure is a book on the way of the samurai, written largely in peace time and often opining for the days of war, when samurai were real samurai. See, nothing is at time honored as complaining the current generation is softer than ever. It has existed since the dawn of time. Tsunetomo’s commentaries were collected by another man, Tashiro Tsuramoto and turned into … Continue reading Book Nook: Hagakure, by Yamamota Tsunetomo