Book, Movie & Music Reviews

Zeitoun

pronounced “Zay-toon” I just finished a really good book by Dave Eggers  called Zeitoun. In a nutshell, Zeitoun is a nonfiction book that documents firsthand the experiences of suffering through Hurricane Katrina and the difficulties of being a Muslim in post-9/11 America. Here are two passages from the book showing why you should read Zeitoun:  Later,...
Cam Meekins

Cam Meekins

Download Cam Meekins Day Off here.  Download Dancing With the Stars here.  I’m obsessed with Cam Meekins right now. He’s this white, teenage rapper who grew up in Wellesley, Massachusetts. What I like so much about him is that his music is really smooth and isn’t as obnoxious as most hip-hop and rap. I’m more...
Open

Open

Andre Agassi bears all in his surprisingly introspective autobiography. I just finished reading Open, the¬†autobiography of the retired tennis player Andre Agassi. It was a really good book; it wasn’t just good for a sports memoir, it was a good book all around. I don’t even follow tennis that closely and I found myself falling...

Little Bee and Iron Man 2

Mickey Rourke playing the villain Ivan Vanko in Iron Man 2 and the cover of Little Bee. This weekend I finished one of the most heart-rending books I have ever read and saw Iron Man 2, the blockbuster action movie whose sole purpose was to entertain. Little Bee, by Chris Cleave, tells the story of...

Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend

(From top) 1. The book 2. The most famous picture of Mays 3. Mays was an aggressive baserunner 4. A portrait during Spring Training, 1961 Last night I finished James S. Hirsch’s biography on the baseball legend Willie Mays. This is a recent book, it came out in February, and is significant because Mays authorized...

War Epics

From top down: The Pacific, The Hurt Locker, Black Hawk Down and Green Zone. There seems to be a slough of awesome war movies/mini tv series that are around right now. The Hurt Locker, a movie set in Iraq in 2004 about a bomb-defuser addicted to the thrills of war just won 6 Academy Awards,...

Avatar and Invictus

The guessing game: which one’s Mandela and which one’s Freeman? Check out this funny thing on Fail Blog making fun of Avatar’s similarity to the movie Pocahontas. I saw “Avatar” over the 3 day weekend. Hecka good. The 3D was awesome, but I’m not sure it made the movie a ton better. Maybe I’m just...

Reflecting on This Boy’s Life, A Memoir

I can’t say for sure what it is that draws me so much to Tobias Wolff. Is it his friendly walrus mustache, the fact that he came and talked at Menlo, his amazing writing or a combination of all three? Probably the combo. I just finished reading the memoir of his teenage years, which was...

Star Wars in Concert

Yoda and the voice of C-3PO at “Star Wars in Concert” at HP Pavilion 10/15/09 This past Sunday I saw “Star Wars in Concert” at the HP Pavilion. It was an incredible display of possibly the greatest movie soundtrack in history, movie clips and special effects. The Star Wars orchestra played for 2 hours and...

Field of Dreams

Movie cover for Field of Dreams Terence Mann from Field of Dreams I was sitting here watching tv and thinking about what to write about. The SF Giants recent win? David Beckham’s response to Donovan’s criticism? Stephen Curry’s summer league debut? But then my sister turned to Field of Dreams and we watched James Earl...