Celebrity Chekhov

Ben Greenman’s Celebrity Chekhov is a collection of eighteen of Anton Chekhov’s stories reimagined with contemporary celebrities as the protagonists.  Though I usually avoid such books where the original text is reworked to fit contemporary trends (i.e., Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), I’m a pop culture junkie and was curious to see how this book wouldContinue reading “Celebrity Chekhov”

Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self

Danielle Evans really hits it out of the ballpark in her debut collection of short stories, Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self (don’t you just love that title?). I first heard about the book a few months ago when it was listed on New York Magazine‘s 2010 “Most Anticipated Fall Fiction” list; the buzzContinue reading “Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self”

Paris in July: Week 4

I kind of suck because I only did one other PiJ post. Ah, well… I have 3 songs for this post (kind of to make up for not posting the other weeks, but also just because these songs rule). Edith Piaf – La Vie En Rose [mp3]: This song just makes me happy (yet sadContinue reading “Paris in July: Week 4”