Saturday, May 27, 2017

Look at the Birdie (Review)

Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: October 20th, 2009
Genre: Short Stories/Fiction

My Review (4.5/5 stars*)

Look at the Birdie is my first experience with Kurt Vonnegut's books. It's taken me a great deal of time to find myself in the right reading state of mind to pursue a novel with such a renown author attached. I always have the tendency to push away from mainstream authors, or even sometimes classics as it feels nearly sacred to read or write about them. Call me crazy but sometimes even though I find a book so epic I just can't even find the words to describe and harness my feelings into a review.

Vonnegut isn't just a storyteller but a mindfully talented inventor who delivers raw scrutiny of society as he sees it by unique analyzation. He tells all his stories simply yet underlays each one with human observation & emotion. It's a compilation of unusualyet smart, near-brilliant insights that help form each creative tale.

Look at the Birdie is exactly the novel for those people who haven't read anything by this author before because it gives you plenty of amazing samples of previously unpublished short stories that will make you a fan of his work. So if you're uncertain where to begin in his collection of novels this is certainly the place. Each one tugs at a distinct part of you which is why I couldn't put it down. Some are very short reads (100 pages) or as little as 10 pages but all of them pack an unforeseen twist.

If you're introspective, and into the strange often unpredictable nature of life's anomalies Look At The Birdie should be your next book. I rather enjoyed it in many regards.


Look at the Birdie is a collection of fourteen previously unpublished short stories from one of the most original writers in all of American fiction. In this series of perfectly rendered vignettes, written just as he was starting to find his comic voice, Kurt Vonnegut paints a warm, wise, and funny portrait of life in post—World War II America–a world where squabbling couples, high school geniuses, misfit office workers, and small-town lotharios struggle to adapt to changing technology, moral ambiguity, and unprecedented affluence. 

Here are tales both cautionary and hopeful, each brimming with Vonnegut's trademark humor and profound humanism. A family learns the downside of confiding their deepest secrets into a magical invention. A man finds himself in a Kafkaesque world of trouble after he runs afoul of the shady underworld boss who calls the shots in an upstate New York town. A quack psychiatrist turned "murder counselor" concocts a novel new outlet for his paranoid patients. While these stories reflect the anxieties of the postwar era that Vonnegut was so adept at capturing– and provide insight into the development of his early style–collectively, they have a timeless quality that makes them just as relevant today as when they were written. It's impossible to imagine any of these pieces flowing from the pen of another writer; each in its own way is unmistakably, quintessentially Vonnegut. 


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Culinary Writing Adventures!

Culinary Writing Adventures?!

That can account for just a small portion of my disappearing act, that, and traveling. Life has an incredibly humorous way of taking a million backroads and winding turns. As I get a little older in age I've realized my hobbies have been multiplying and faceting into more focused niches. I first created this blog to put my opinion out there on reading material that I just couldn't shut up about, it was my way of letting people know exactly how I felt. My thoughts conveyed on all type of stories and wonderful characters, but, as my genre hunger expanded so has my own literal palette for food itself. Oh the irony. What I'm saying with this post is though I may seem transparent to the writing world all has not been lost and nor will it. I still have books lining shelves upon shelves new and old. As long as the desire to read lives on so will my writing (that's eternal). Sometimes you follow a blog and start to see the signs of new developments, like it might be redirecting and morphing into a new area it never discovered before. I'm here to pop on and say this blog will remain about all types of literature, but, don't be surprised, startled, or alarmed if I throw a few posts together that dive into another topic of interest to me personally. Afterall we are all multi-facetted creatures so why should my blog not express itself in new ways occasionally. Also, I understand this has now spiraled into a rant I wasn't aware I was going to go into.

Let's get to the point; HI! I'm back! Lately I've been using my devote love of writing to hone in on quirky, cool, and fun restaurant/bars I visit. My reviews of these places are as unique as my thoughts shared on novels. I cannot begin to tell you how much I live to travel and just share my appreciation of businesses, food, drinks, and anything consumable. It's a very recent but not too new passion of mine. Timelessly I have and will always appreciate the support received and friends I've made just by interacting through a channel of thoughts and ideas regarding this blog. It means terribly much. *Insert teary-eyed emojii here*. I've gotten into that fad too. So for something else to digest please check out my reviews on my culinary adventures. You can find my reviews on Yelp right HERE!!!! (I may end up creating a separate blog entity for it in the nearest future, so look out for it.)

Thanks for reading, and keep doing so!

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