Christmas Past

A number of years ago I stumbled across Brian Earl’s podcast CHRISTMAS PAST during my seemingly never-ending search for additional Christmas content. Brian’s podcast explores the long-standing traditions which make up the holiday seasons while also trying to uncover their often elusive origins. The episodes are pretty short, usually under fifteen minutes each, but pack…

I’m Glad My Mom Died

I’m Glad My Mom Died is the memoir of child-actor-turned-author Jennette McCurdy. It would be an understatement to say that this book is one of the hottest memoirs of 2022; and with good reason.  Not only does McCurdy’s memoir tackle the curse of a brutal and unrelenting “Momager” on a child actor, but it also…

How To Be Perfect

In 2016, former Office writer and Parks and Rec co-creator Michael Schur launched his newest television show, The Good Place. The Good Place follows a group of people who due to a clerical error, after dying, end up in “the good place”. Rather than be shipped off to “the bad place”, the four characters attempt…

The Last Good Year

Over the years, I’ve made several trips to Toronto, the first time being in 2001, two years after the final game played at Maple Leaf Gardens, the longtime home of the Toronto Maple Leafs. While I wasn’t able to go inside at the time, I was able to take a few photos of myself outside…

Year Book

Seth Rogen’s new (and first) book, Year Book, is not so much a memoir, but a collection of wildly entertaining stories that stretch from his childhood all the way to present day. I elected to go the audiobook route with this one after hearing the book was performed by a full cast.  I honestly cannot…

Rage

RAGE is Bob Woodward’s follow-up to his 2018 book FEAR focusing on the second half of Trump’s presidency.  RAGE examines Trump’s relationship with Kim Jong-Un and North Korea, the outcome of the FBI’s Russia Investigation, the Black Lives Matter movement and of course, COVID-19. It is absolutely astounding how poorly Trump and his administration responded…

Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002)

Theft By Finding: Diaries 1977-2002 contains the contents of David Sedaris’ diaries. A few years ago, I had read a book that collected Kevin Smith’s blog posts.  David Sedaris’ Theft by Finding is essentially the same thing.  Theft by Finding is twenty-five years of writing extracted from Sedaris’ journal.  I suppose that’s all a blog…