A Tragicomic Memoir of a Dysfunctional Family

Book review: The Splendid Things We Planned, by Blake Bailey (Amazon / Book Depository) Award-winning biographer Blake Bailey took on a different kind of challenging biographical subject in The Splendid Things We Planned -- his own dysfunctional family. The central point of his memoir, around which everything in this story revolves, is his older brother, Scott. Scott... Continue Reading →

Dark, Darker, and Darkest: A Journalist Lights Up the Dark Web

Book review: The Darkest Web, by Eileen Ormsby (Amazon / Book Depository) In The Darkest Web, Australian lawyer and journalist Eileen Ormsby breaks down "the internet's evil twin" into three levels of badness: dark, darker, and darkest. I have spent the past five years exploring every corner of the dark web, one of the few who is... Continue Reading →

Frank Stories of Schizophrenia

Book review: A Kind of Mirraculas Paradise, by Sandra Allen (Amazon / Book Depository) All those fuckers...all of them with their clicking pens and quiet judgment, all of them did not get it. There was something in the sky. This was the best moment of Bob's life so far. This was when he realized that,... Continue Reading →

The Perfect Storm of the Opioid Epidemic

Book review: Dreamland, by Sam Quinones Amazon Crime was at historic lows, drug overdose deaths at record highs. A happy façade covered a disturbing reality. I grew consumed by this story. It was about America and Mexico, about addiction and marketing, about wealth and poverty, about happiness and how to achieve it. I saw it... Continue Reading →

Tales of a Teen Rehab From Hell

Book review: The Dead Inside, by Cyndy Etler In the late 80s, Cyndy Etler seemed to be a fairly typical Connecticut teenager. Her real problem was abuse at the hands of her creepy French stepfather, which her mother noticed and ignored, leaving her daughter instead to struggle to defend herself. With that kind of frustration in her home... Continue Reading →

Down and Out in Rhode Island

Book review: Down City, by Leah Carroll Leah Carroll's mother died when Leah was four years old, strangled in a motel room by two drug dealers with mafia connections to Rhode Island's Patriarca crime family and a misguided paranoia. She's then raised by her father and stepmother, with the ghost of her mother a constant... Continue Reading →

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