Entries by Jay Ruud

Palm Springs

Palm Springs Max Barbakow (2020) After a hundred days or so of social distancing at home, my wife and I began to sing “They say we’re young and we don’t know, won’t find out unti..i..il we grow” every morning when we woke up, knowing that each day was going to be a carbon copy of […]

Werewolves in Their Youth

Werewolves in Their Youth Michael Chabon (1999) I freely confess to being a Michael Chabon completist, at least as far as his fiction goes. Ever since reading his 2001 Pulitzer Prize-winning Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, I have aspired to read every novel and short story Chabon ever wrote, from his acclaimed first novel […]


Greyhound Aaron Schneider (2020) When Americans think of Naval battles during World War II, they usually think of the South Pacific. I know I do, since that was where my father served after Pearl Harbor. But the longest continuous military campaign of World War II, the longest and largest naval battle in history, was the […]

Invisible Man

Invisible Man Ralph Ellison (1952) In my continuing quest in my retirement to read every important book I never got around to reading during my own education or my university career, I was most recently drawn to one of the most significant novels of the 20th century, Ralph Ellison’s InvisibleMan. Having recently read and reviewed […]


Hamilton Thomas Kail (2020) If you were never able to get to New York and cough up the $500 or so it would have cost you to see the live Broadway production of the phenomenal hit Hamilton in 2016, you can now see it on the small screen for just the price of a month’s subscription […]