Entries by Jay Ruud

Wolf Hall

Wolf Hall Hilary Mantel (2009) Like a lot of people, my concept of Thomas More, or I suppose I should say “Saint Thomas More,” has been shaped by two major texts. The first, his famous literary text Utopia, reveals him to be a brilliant Renaissance thinker, a rational humanist philosopher whose thought, particularly as regards […]


Emma. Autumn de Wilde (2020) When I first heard there was a new version of Emma coming out, I admit to being a little bit skeptical. Didn’t we just have one of those? But that was just one of those tricks of age, in which after you turn 40 everything seems like it happened “just a […]

The Last of the Mohicans

The Last of the Mohicans: A Narrative of 1757 James Fenimore Cooper (1826) In my ongoing quest to read in my retirement a slew of books I neglected to read in my youth, I pulled this classic novel off my shelf a few weeks ago and with a little bit of trepidation, knowing something of […]

Los Tres Potrillos

Review No. 184: Los Tres Potrillos 1090 Skyline Drive (501) 327-1144 82.7 percent finished reviewing Conway restaurants   The Situation He Said: This whole review is a little bit tricky because we’ve already reviewed Los Tres Potrillos (“The Three Horses”), but we did so a couple of years ago when they were in their old […]

The Call of the Wild

The Call of the Wild (Chris Sanders 2020) When I was in eighth grade, I was given a copy of Jack London’s classic dog-and-Yukon adventure novel The Call of the Wild, and it opened up a whole world of literature for me that wasn’t sports or science fiction or juvenile fiction, but that dealt with […]

Nickel Boys

The Nickel Boys Colson Whitehead (2019) In his much anticipated follow-up to his Pulitzer-Prize winning Underground Railroad, Whitehead tells the story of life in a Florida reform “school” for boys, returning to the genre of historical fiction, but without the fantastical elements present in Underground Railroad. Nickel Boys is a relatively short book—a quick read but far from […]

Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux

Review No. 183: Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux 955 South Amity Road (501) 399-4511 82.7 percent finished reviewing Conway restaurants   The Situation She Said:I’ve been watching the progress at the Walk-On’s building site in “South Flatlandia” any time I got on or off the freeway there, so when I noticed it was open, I asked Siri […]