Book: Patrick Wensink is not just weird for weird’s sake

Patrick Wensink, an author who recently moved here from Portland, Ore., spent his childhood in rural Ohio mostly alone entertaining himself with his strange thoughts.


Author faces the storm

Keven McQueen examines Louisville tornado of 1890

Saturday of this week will be the anniversary of Louisville’s most violent natural disaster. On March 27, 1890, one of many tornados spat out by the 25th-deadliest storm in U.S.


Book: Pearl strikes again

This time it’s with Dickens

The Last Dickens


Book: Diary of a Godling

Divinity Rose adds author to her list of many talents

It’s not easy to pin down Divinity Rose.


Book: Carlin’s life and stuff

Last Words
By George Carlin, Tony Hendra. Free Press; 294 pgs., $26.99.


Book: British novelist sheds light on refugees

Featuring extended interview

“We must see all scars as beauty. Okay? This will be our secret. Because take it from me, a scar does not form on the dying. A scar means, I survived.”


Book: Elvis loves on in a grand, perceptive book

Baby, Let’s Play House
By Alanna Nash. It Books; 702 pgs., $27.99. Release date: Jan. 5, 2010



Book: Vonnegut’s unpublished work stays true, goes dark

'Look at the Birdie: Unpublished Short Fiction'

I’m always filled with a slight sense of nervousness when picking up a posthumous collection of unpublished fiction by a well-respected author.


Book: Homer sapiens

The office politics and drama behind making a cartoon

The Simpsons: An Uncensored, Unauthorized History
By John Ortved. Faber and Faber Inc.; 332 pgs., $27.


Book: Atwood’s ‘Flood’ fails to maintain sci-fi buzz

The Year of The Flood

By Margaret Atwood. Knopf Doubleday Publishing; 448 pgs.; $26.95.