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September 28, 2006

The Weitz Brothers Branch Out 0


Two very different literary adaptations somehow eluded Scott Rudin’s greedy clutches and landed in the lap of American Pie writer/director/producers Chris and Paul Weitz. Chris Weitz has begun filming as both writer and director of The Golden Compass (IMDb), the first installment of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy (Tom Stoppard, who did the initial […]

September 26, 2006

An Essential Book for Foodies 4


I finally read one of the essential books for foodies: Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain. Professionals in various fields that undertake writing and succeed always impress me. Bourdain is no exception. Kitchen Confidential comprises personal reflections, culinary information and the dos and don’ts of the restaurant business. Bourdain’s personal progression […]

September 4, 2006

The Corey Vilhauer Book of the Month Club: September 2006 0


Sometimes I find that I need to slow things down. After reading four or five books a month, it becomes necessary to pick one book and settle down – to nestle in and enjoy every painstakingly created word. This month, I finally did it. I found great pleasure in discovering John Steinbeck five years after […]

August 15, 2006

Splendid Things Gleaming in the Dust by Andrew Saikali 5


It’s not every day that a callow, romantic writer transforms into a trailblazing, acute, realistic observer, right in front of your very eyes. In autumn 1849, Gustave Flaubert, 27 and full of poetic longing, left northern France for Egypt. Accompanied by his compatriot Max and with a servant or two in tow, Flaubert would spend […]

August 3, 2006

The Corey Vilhauer Book of the Month Club: August 2006 1


Sometimes, I’m forced to read a book. That’s right. Utterly forced. Even as I try to open my mind to more and more books, I get pigeonholed into reading something specific, a “required read” that – because of it’s non-organic nature – feels more like a high school book report project. As long time readers […]

July 8, 2006

The Corey Vilhauer Book of the Month Club: July 2006 1


Wait a second. No, seriously hold on. Just a few more minutes. Oh. Sorry. It’s you. I apologize for being late. Well, I only partially apologize. It is to be expected, really, with the Fourth of July striking and the World Cup ending. Yes. The World Cup. Sorry about my rudeness a little earlier – […]

June 21, 2006

Revisiting Yesterday’s People by Andrew Saikali 0


This is what happens when I don’t take notes. Two months ago, I sat down to read Yesterday’s People, a collection of eight short stories by Goran Simic. Born in Bosnia, Simic was already a noted author and poet when he immigrated to Canada ten years ago. I decided to write about these spare, haunting […]

June 5, 2006

The Corey Vilhauer Book of the Month Club: June 2006 1


Here in Sioux Falls, one of our local Lutheran private colleges puts on a library book sale. In name, it’s a sale of epic proportions. In actuality, it’s just a clever way for literary junkies and bibliophiles to stock up their collections and appear smarter than they are while the library clears out horribly outdated […]

May 14, 2006

A Review of An Army at Dawn by Rick Atkinson 14


The more I learn about World War II, the more it fascinates me. I feel like most people have a vague, middle-ground understanding of the war. Two generations removed from the war, I have trouble fathoming both the global scale of the conflict and the impact it had on hundreds of millions of individuals. I […]

May 1, 2006

The Corey Vilhauer Book of the Month Club: May 2006 5


For me, one of the great feats is to find a book that is so good you can’t put it down. I mean literally – a book that engulfs every spare moment you’ve got, forcing everything else that isn’t necessary to the side. A book that, after reading just the first few chapters, you know […]