Entries by Jay Ruud

Gravity’s Rainbow

Gravity’s Rainbow Thomas Pynchon (1973) I was familiar with Thomas Pynchon from having written a senior honors thesis as an undergraduate in 1972 on what writers in those days were calling “the absurd novel.” Alhough I focused on John Barth at the time, I was considering the contributions of Heller and Vonnegut as well, and […]

Rita’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard

Review No. 176: Rita’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard 1040 S. Amity Road (501) 358-6221 80.0 percent finished reviewing Conway restaurants   The Situation She Said:We had our twin 5-year-old grandsons for the weekend, and we like to keep things moving with them, so after our church’s Oktoberfest concluded, we tooled on over to Rita’s […]

An Odd Couple: Judy and Joker

Judy (Rupert Goold 2019) and Joker (Todd Phillips 2019) If you want to come out of the cinema with a smile on your lips and a song in your heart, you might want to avoid the way I spent last Saturday afternoon, going to back-to-back screenings of Rupert Goold’s new biopic of Judy Garland, starring Renee Zellweger as […]


Quichotte Salman Rushdie (2019) Salman Rushdie’s latest novel, Quichotte, was published in the United States on September 3, following an August 29 release in the United Kingdom and in India. His first novel, Midnight’s Children, won the coveted Booker Prize in 1981, and his fourth, The Satanic Verses, made him the object of a fatwa issued […]

Pho Huyen

Review No. 175: Pho Huyen 1600 Dave Ward Drive (501) 504-2449 79.1 Percent finished reviewing  Conway restaurants   The Situation He Said: If you’re not familiar with pho, it’s a kind of Vietnamese soup with rice noodles, herbs, and meat, usually beef. If you haven’t been down Dave Ward Drive lately, let me just clue […]


Review No. 174: KFC 2670 North Donaghey Avenue (501) 336-8440 79.0 Percent finished reviewing  Conway restaurants   The Situation She Said:We had a big-ol’ day ahead of us on Sunday, so we decided to hit the local KFC’s lunch buffet for efficiency and choice. He Said: Colonel Sanders opened the first Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant […]