What I like about Anthony Bourdain is that he delivers the honest to goodness truth.
His writing on his experience in the kitchen is accessible. It's as if Mr. Bourdain is sitting across the table from you with a cup of coffee (or beer) and giving you the lowdown on the area's restaurants. His travels are honest and inspiring. He delivers his take on food and life with a punch, cutting to the real heart of the matter.
The Lambda Literary Foundation announced the finalists for the 23rd annual Lambda Literary Awards today. Winners will be announced on May 26.The Lammys honor achievement in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) writing.
With 114 finalists in 24 categories of LGBT literature, there will be books of interest to many on this extensive list. Showing the evolution of LGBT publishing, this is the first year that the Transgender category has had enough nominations to be divided into fiction and nonfiction (the Bisexual category was first split just last year). Other categories include Anthology, Children's/Young Adult, Drama, Poetry, SF/Fantasy/Horror, Gay & Lesbian Debut Fiction, Memoir & Biography, Mystery, and Romance.
Encouraged by Louis L'Amour's call to become a "wandering reader," I discovered three titles that offer adventure and the kinship of wonderful storytellers.
At the age of 15, L'Amour left school and made the world his classroom. In Education of A Wandering Man, he shares, "The greatest gift anyone can give to another is the desire to know, to understand...Life is for delving, discovering, learning."
Notes from Isaac Asimov's widow on her life as a writer and life with her very famous, very prolific, gregarious and eccentric husband. As an Asimov fan from way back, and having read two of Isaac's early autobiographies, this short work made me smile with recognition at recollections of Isaac...
This fast-paced voyeuristic look into the director's entire life is fascinating, horrifying, and somehow uplifting. Using software available to anyone, he pieces together home movies, photographs, music, commercial video clips and more to tell the story of his life. The soundtrack is terrific.