Recent Read: The Storied Life of AJ Fikry

Recent Read: The Storied Life of AJ Fikry

If you're just a little fed-up with cliched writing and poorly executed "devices," then you're going to enjoy 'The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry' by Gabrielle Zevin. This is especially surprising since the story is full of obvious cliches and devices: a grouchy bookstore owner (who abhors gimmicks), a philandering author, a small-town cop, an abandoned baby, and car accidents you can see coming a mile away. But Zevin makes sure these don't come across as tired tropes—instead you get the impression she's gently poking fun and these old stand-bys. Sometimes the characters even notice and comment on the cliche they're living. Somehow Zevin ties these worn threads together into a compelling narrative in this comfortably paced novel. The writing in this book flows comfortably between narrator and character voices except in one brief section where winning essays from a high-school creative writing competition are presented. The style of those essays is uneven enough to make the reader stop and question how those could...
Read More
None So Blind – Planning the Bay of Pigs Invasion

None So Blind – Planning the Bay of Pigs Invasion

You can find the full research paper on ResearchGate. Abstract: In spite of overwhelming evidence and significant expert advice indicating that the Bay of Pigs Invasion plan could not possibly remain within the set constraints and was certain to fail, the planners at the CIA and President Kennedy chose to proceed.  Responsibility for the ensuing disaster does not seem to rest with a single person, but with a collective refusal to face facts. return to Writing Projects...
Read More