HALLOWEEN SPECIAL! A Review of The Phantom Ship, by Frederick Marryat, with THREE Scary Illustrations

What better way to celebrate Halloween than with a good gothic novel? I don’t mean a “good” novel with elements of the gothic, like something by the Brontës or Nathaniel Hawthorne. I mean a proper 18th/19th century gothic novel, like those written by Anne Radcliffe, Horace Walpole, and Matthew Lewis — something chock-full of raging... Continue Reading →


Update #4: Highbrow Stuff and…WE HAVE A STARBOARD ENGINE!

After Tuesday’s highly salacious post about explosions, it’s time to raise the register of this blog. This isn’t The Daily Mail, after all! So, today, we’re turning our highly cultivated minds to subjects of a more refined nature, namely, literature, the fine arts, and our starboard engine. My little cousins Élodie and Lydie gave me... Continue Reading →

Boaty Book Reviews: A review of Mr. Midshipman Hornblower, by C.S. Forester (audio version read by Christopher Radeska), accompanied by gratuitous political commentary by myself

Every Monday afternoon for the past several weeks, I have driven to New Orleans for a weekly art class. Although the class is wonderful and I am lucky to be able to stay overnight with my beloved friends Dana and Justin and their dog Fred, the drive back and forth is long and torturously boring... Continue Reading →

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