Jim Ruland lives and writes in San Diego and sometimes Los Angeles. He is the curator for the irreverent, irregular reading series Vermin on the Mount, now in its 12th year.
May 16 2016
Summer is a great time to catch up on the books piling up on the bedside table. Because the summer, or at least the early months, can be gray and gloomy in San Diego, here are a few books I've enjoyed
April 25 2016
Sara Majka upends these stereotypes in her haunting collection of linked short stories, Cities I've Never Lived In, published by Graywolf earlier this year
April 4 2016
Have you ever read a book that failed to make an impression on you the first time you read it, but then the book came back to you right when you were ready for it?
March 14 2016
That's no idle threat in Muslim's oeuvre where there are many things more terrifying than a disease that causes body parts to disappear
Feb. 29 2016
Brian Evenson's astonishing new collection from Coffee House Press, A Collapse of Horses, coincides with the re-release of three previous works: the much heralded novels Father of Lies, Open Curtain and...
Feb. 8 2016
Speak is not a traditional love story. It's not a traditional anything. It's a fractured novel by Louisa Hall told from multiple points of view by a host of interconnected characters across great distances...
Jan. 25 2016
In Elizabeth Marro's tremendous debut novel Casualties, San Diego becomes a battleground fought by the men and women behind the scenes of America's military efforts in the Middle East. Ruth No
Dec. 29 2015
In 2015 I read exactly 91 books: 45 were authored by women, 45 by men, and one was a collaboration. While I covered a great many in the pages of The Floating Library, here's a look at a few of my fav
Dec. 7 2015
When I was in the Navy, I learned that if I were to get a sunburn so severe that it interfered with my ability to do my job, I could be prosecuted under the terms of the Uniform Code of Military Justice...
Nov. 16 2015
Lately I've been listening to a lot of books on Audible.com, the largest audio book producer and retailer in the United States. I pay a flat monthly fee and accumulate credits that I can save or spen
Oct. 26 2015
Black Hole is set in a near-future San Francisco where massive gentrification has ruined the city Chuck loves. Chuck, a hard-partying old punk, lives in a rented room and works for a startup that sells...
Oct. 5 2015
Shirley Jackson's short story "The Lottery" is one of the most widely anthologized works of fiction by a 20th century American writer and with good reason. It's absolutely terrifying
Sept. 14 2015
I'm fascinated with recovery memoirs, drug novels and stories where overcoming addiction takes center stage. The narrative arc of a recovery story is similar to a romance and it's almost always the same:...
Aug. 24 2015
What Is Punk? is a picture book for kids that tells the story of punk through rhyming couplets and three-dimensional images of clay figures. Think Wallace and Grommet with liberty spikes and anarchy patches
Aug. 3 2015
Music for Wartime is Rebecca Makkai's third book but her first collection of short stories, which is unusual considering her short stories have appeared in four consecutive editions of The Best...
July 13 2015
With The Invaders, Karolina Waclawiak welcomes us to Little Neck Cove Yacht & Country Club, a beach community approximately an hour outside of New York City where wealthy retirees on the wrong...
June 22 2015
Everyone has heard the saying, "You can't judge a book by its cover," but what if two covers have similar subjects and the exact same title?
June 1 2015
If you love music, but the prospect of reading a collection of record reviews strikes you as a less-than-thrilling use of your time, Daniel Mahoney just might make you reconsider.
May 11 2015
Oceanside author Andrew Roe has written what could be called a pre-apocalyptic novel set in the heady days leading up to Y2K, when doomsday cults were predicting the end of the world as we knew it
April 21 2015
Kim Gordon's memoir, Girl in a Band, begins and ends with her divorce from her longtime husband and bandmate Thurston Moore.


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