Brian Arsenault Takes On: A Fable for Our Times

Glump the Clumsy bought a new i not my Phone. Glump soon clumsily glumped it by putting in the wrong password — or was it passcode or both — so many times that he was locked out of his phone. How can my own phone lock me out wondered Glump. It didn’t seem reasonable but… Read More Brian Arsenault Takes On: A Fable for Our Times

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Brian Arsenault Takes On: Floating Islands and Spaghetti Eating Ravens

By Brian Arsenault Islands seem to float above the water in the North Atlantic in Winter. I learned that from a fourth generation islander. I’d seen it myself but didn’t want to mention it for fear of being accused of submitting to the new New England marijuana laws. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.… Read More Brian Arsenault Takes On: Floating Islands and Spaghetti Eating Ravens

Brian Arsenault Takes on: The Wretched Refuse

    By Brian Arsenault There is a picture I can’t find online any more. There are so many. Those wretched Syrians fleeing the hell that was their country. Huddled masses on undersized boats, tempest tossed, frequently capsizing. More drowned children. This one particular picture: a father seen from the back embracing his two children.… Read More Brian Arsenault Takes on: The Wretched Refuse

Brian Arsenault Takes On: Ken Bruen’s “Green Hell ” and Erik Larson’s “Dead Wake” (The Sinking of the Lusitania)

  By Brian Arsenault Ken Bruen’s newest installment in the Jack Taylor series, Green Hell, arrived in that neat little Amazon box a couple days ago and I’m about halfway through it. I could have finished it by now because his writing enters the eyes and brain as easily as breath enters the lungs. But… Read More Brian Arsenault Takes On: Ken Bruen’s “Green Hell ” and Erik Larson’s “Dead Wake” (The Sinking of the Lusitania)

Books: Brian Arsenault Takes on Kafka’s “The Castle” and Writes To Son Brent About It

By Brian Arsenault Hey Brent, You asked me to tell you more about the class I’m taking on Franz Kafka’s The Castle. I’ll start with Ed. who’s teaching, or rather leading, the class. I’ve taken literature courses with Ed before: Kerouac’s The Road, Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio so I knew the course would be worth… Read More Books: Brian Arsenault Takes on Kafka’s “The Castle” and Writes To Son Brent About It