“Good Guys on the California Dime”

For your listening pleasure, Sean Panting’s “68A”.  The song is an account of Sean’s turn playing a hooligan from Push Through in the film “Rare Birds”, the screenplay of which I wrote based on my novel. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] With its “Hurry up and wait!” refrain Read More

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Vintage

The simultaneous arrival of two subsequent vintages, 2008 and 2009, of wines from a grower and maker in Burgundy, demands comparisons. Thierry Glantenay, with holdings in Volnay and Pommard is new to me but debuts near the top of my charts.  From what I’ve tasted thus far, the ready-to-drink simple Read More

Globe Review

the daily review, Tue., Nov. 22 Easy to Like lives up to the promise of its title reviewed by kevin chong From Tuesday’s Globe and Mail Published Monday, Nov. 21, 2011 6:00AM EST The satirical subjects of Edward Riche’s witty and stylish novel Easy to Like are, at first glance, Read More

Contrary

I am a sometimes fan of The New Yorker’s lead literary critic James Wood.  A review of his put me on to Geoff Dyer’s “Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi”,  a novel I enjoyed.  I also thought highly of Alan Hollinghurst’s “The Line of Beauty”.  But in The New Yorker Read More

Steve Jobs Jobs Jobs

The Bookery, the only independent bookstore in St. John’s has closed its doors.  It was one of those terrific squat little shops where you always came away with titles other than those you’d sought. Now the downtown of this booming burgh is without a place to buy new literature.  There’s Read More

Able Seaman Keith Chebucto

Easy to Like By Edward Riche (House of Anansi Press) by Lindsay Rainingbird Elliot Jonson can’t catch a break. Edward Riche’s newest protagonist boasts a stagnant screenwriting career, an estranged son and newly-homosexual ex-wife, and a passion (but lack of skill) for wine-making. Bitter with his unaccommodating life, dodging debts Read More

My Aunt Nance

My Aunt Nancy (Nance to family) Riche died Saturday, October 1, from complications of heart surgery.  She was 66.  We were close.  I can remember her babysitting and spoiling me (Academy Performance with Chicken and Chips from Marty’s).  She was overflowing with love of, and pride in, all her many Read More