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J. Henry Waugh

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  1. Thank you for bringing this book to my attention. Definitely recommended and the perfect double bill with Ishaguro's The Buried Giant, which I also recently read and--even though I found it frustrating at times--am unlikely to forget any time soon.
  2. I've been following this with a bit more interest since you brought up this topic, and came here today to say this as well. The numbers just don't support the conclusions that I sensed was being pushed about Evangelicals and Trump.
  3. I don't watch the show, but have seen House of Carbs jokes on twitter.
  4. For a number of reasons, my wife and I make a point of not getting too political in front of our six-year olds, but they came home from school saying that Donald Trump is a mean man who shouldn't be allowed to say what he does.
  5. Rod Drehrer, who is Orthodox but writes frequently and with empathy for Evangelicals, has been blogging a ton about Trump. I don't believe he supports Trump, but neither does he reflexively dismiss him either. (This could have changed; I don't read his blog every day). Here is a fairly recent letter he posted from an Evangelical who will probably vote for Trump. http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/letters-from-other-america-trump/
  6. After last night's Season 2 Episode 1, I think it is fair to include the television series as Coen Bros. canon.
  7. Hi, M. Leary. Of course, I hope you are mistaken, but nothing you said seems impossibly wrong. I am inclined to trust Noah Hawley, because a lifetime of watching television had convinced me that season one would be a disaster and I was wrong.
  8. How was Dawes? "All Your Favorite Bands" has penetrated my Passenger Side anthem love.
  9. I guess I'm the main one carrying the torch for this TV series on A&F. It would make me happy to hear if anyone else enjoyed it, particularly some of our Coen film experts. It is remarkable to me how the first season managed to live in that while being its own thing as well.
  10. NBooth, this seems like a book written for you: The Decagon House Murders. After reading this review yesterday, I was pleased to see that it is available in the Kindle Lending Library, so downloaded it last night. So far, I've only read the introduction by Soji Shimada, author of Tokyo Zodiac Murders, which praises the genre of puzzle mystery books. I enjoyed it because I have spent so much time reading criticism that argues the exact opposite point.
  11. I listened to this as an audiobook with my wife on the drive for a family vacation this week. I consider To Kill a Mockingbird a book I remember enjoying somewhat in high school, while it is a treasured classic for her and with that as background, I think I enjoyed it a bit more than she did. I had read this blog post prior to hearing the book, and I agree with its conclusions.
  12. Two listens in and I'm enjoying the other album released yesterday. I'm a longtime Isbell fan and liked Southeastern plenty, but I think I'll listen to this one more in the long run.
  13. So sad no one else wants to discuss this album. We could discuss Jeff Tweedy's production. Sorry to use an adverb, but Jeff Tweedy is clearly the Phil Jackson of producers.
  14. Just a quick note that audio versions of The Secret History and Matthew Thomas's We Are Not Ourselves--another terrific long novel are $4.95 at Audible this week. I bought the audiobook version of Lonesome Dove and Underworld during a similar sale last year. Curious: Is 500 pages the benchmark for a long novel? A recent favorite is Pete Dexter's Spooner, which only hits 480 pages. Two 700-pagers that I hope to read between now and the end of the year are Hanya Yanagihara's A Little Life and Marlon James's A Brief History of Seven Killings.
  15. Only two listens so far, but I love it. Multiple candidates for my favorite song at the moment.
  16. I enjoyed Scott Cheshire's As High As The Horse's Bridle. This is a bit out there, but I remember being pleasantly surprised the further I got into Sean Chercover's The Trinity Game. It is probably closer on the spectrum to Dan Brown than Graham Green, but not by much.
  17. Thanks for sharing this. What a beautiful album. After two listens, How Little jumps out as my favorite song. At some point I'll want to really listen for the lyrics, which is increasingly rare for me.
  18. I am not well-read in this category, but really enjoyed Walker Percy's The Moviegoer and consider it a notable Christian novel. The recent publication of Marilynne Robinson's Lila only strengthened by love for Gilead. I am glad you are including C.S. Lewis as well, as he sometimes feels like the one writer that everybody at a church has read or is at least familiar with.
  19. I'm enjoying this show more each week. I approached it like a Hindu Love Gods side project, but it has proven to be so much more, especially this most recent episode (Five-O), which finally expands on Mike's backstory in Philadelphia. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoyed Breaking Bad.
  20. I read The Whites this week and loved it. It is a Richard Price novel through and through--full of hilarious turns of phrases (usually coming out in the dialogue), rich characterizations, reporting and strange episodic encounters may exist only because the idea tickled Price enough to include it (an Olympic champion who tries pawn his medal adter drinking too much). As for the pen name and this book originating as Price's attempt at a more standard thriller, he does use the typcial framing device of alternating chapter's from the perspective of the white hat and the black hat, but it's still a Richard Price novel.
  21. I want to check out that Tears for Fears album now. And since we're moving beyond romantic love, we need to add Bazan's Curse Your Branches.
  22. Ryan Adams' Heartbreaker and Beck's Sea Change are two that come to mind that I discovered as break up albums in real time as I listened to them, rather than approaching retroactively as Break-Up albums such as Here, My Dear or Shootout the Lights. Adam Again's River on Fire on the Dig album as the prelude to the end of a relationship followed by the Perfecta album as the aftermath is one of the more painful song cycles I can think of. Stone and Relapse are the standout songs, but the enitre album aches.
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