• Literary Home for Sale Cheever once wrote, “It was one of those midsummer Sundays when everyone sits around saying, “I drank too much last night.” If you happen to share a moment with Cheever’s characters and are in a Sunday Funday kind of mood needing to have a hair-of-the-dog-drink-to-kill-that-hangover, it might be worth your while to throw back a […] Verbal Vixen 0 Comments August 15, 2014
  • What’s the Deal With Garp? Readers, working my way through my post baby book queue, I finally finished a book I started and stopped many times over the last year: THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP, by John Irving. And I hated it. Absolutely hated it. Like threw it to the floor and considered stomping on it I hated it so […] Verbal Vixen 0 Comments July 18, 2014
  • On the Disappearance of Film When I was small, my parents documented our lives with a camera called the Olympus OM-1. This camera captured images of hikes, birthdays, Christmases, and life’s minutiae, rendering our experiences somehow permanent, now that they’d been properly photographed. As time went on and SLR cameras gave way to automatic, this little OM-1 sat on our shelf, […] Verbal Vixen 0 Comments February 15, 2013
  • National Book Award Winner is a Win After reading Kevin Powers’ THE YELLOW BIRDS, we weren’t sure that anything could top our 2012 reading list. While reading it, we were blown away by the language and sheer power of the story. And then BAM. Just like that Louise Erdrich was nominated alongside Kevin Powers for the National Book Award. When Erdrich’s THE […] Verbal Vixen 0 Comments January 17, 2013
  • Reading to a Man Who May or May Not Hear You Literarians: today we present to you a question: What do you read to a man who may or may not hear you? Last week a dear friend and family member of ours was in a horrific car accident. He continues to be in critical condition and is in a coma in intensive care. This weekend, […] Verbal Vixen 0 Comments January 16, 2013
  • Vebal Vixen’s Favorite Books of 2012 This year has been a year full of books. Here at The Literary Man homestead, we collect books quite literally by the hundreds, and this year brought many worthy additions to our shelves. It’s hard to choose the top 10 books of the year, as time gets muddled and I’ve questioned, “Did I read this […] Verbal Vixen 0 Comments December 26, 2012
  • Advent Calendar with a Literary Twist Ladies and Gentlemen, today marks the first day of December and we couldn’t resist sharing Project Gutenberg’s Literary Advent Calendar courtesy of Hymns and Carols of Christmas. Thanks to Project Gutenberg, all texts listed below are free online by clicking on the links. Of course, you can supplement or substitute with Christmas favorites of your […] Verbal Vixen 0 Comments December 1, 2012
  • “Oh My! It’s Fruitcake Weather!” Today is a chilly day in late November. The heaters, which we can’t turn on or off, are roaring, and the sky is a strange mixture of low winter sun, clouds, and haze. Upon waking this morning, I slipped my feet into cozy winter socks and padded into my kitchen with tiles still freezing from […] Verbal Vixen 0 Comments November 25, 2012
  • Top 7 Chick-Lit Books of All Time Ok, we admit it. Sometimes here at The Literary Man we take a break from our constant search for literary high art perfection and stick our noses in what we like to call a real page turner. Some of us return to the old west through Louis L’Amour. Some of us like to get our pulses […] Verbal Vixen 0 Comments November 16, 2012
  • What to do during Sandy? With some unexpected days off, we’ve been hunkering down, battening the hatches, and well yes, sadly, working from home. But now that the five o’clock hour is fast approaching, it’s time to recognize the main characters named Sandy in film, books, and television. And so, if you’re looking to celebrate a Sandy or two who […] Verbal Vixen 0 Comments October 29, 2012