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There are millions across the country who long for a return to the days when Barack Obama and Joe Biden were in the White House. The bad news is that they won't be returning to fix our immigration policy. The good news is that the two men reunite in the new action-packed crime thriller/bromance parody, Hope Never Dies, by Andrew Shaffer. (release date: July 10) The book is set a few months after the 2016 election, and Joe Biden is still figuring out what to next with his life. His former best friend Barack Obama doesn't seem to be having... Read more →


I realized after his recent death that I've never read any of Anthony Bourdain's books. The late chef/TV host was a captivating presence any time I'd seen him on television, but not being a "foodee" per se, I'd assumed these books would not be for me. However, it's always good to challenge assumptions, so I went to the local library and checked out Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook. Published in 2010, Medium Raw is the follow-up to Kitchen Confidential, the book which launched Bourdain into super-stardom. It's a collection of... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! How are you? BDH and Little Buddha were just waiting for some birds to show up in the Clutter Tree. Yesterday was a little bit of an odd day around here. It started off as a typically busy Wednesday morning, and then I found myself walking past a crime scene in the neighborhood. Turns out that an elderly man was hit and killed by a car as he was crossing the street. Very sad. A large portion of the street was blocked off, and the police were everywhere. As I walked back two hours later, they... Read more →


It was purely by chance that I picked up the paperback copy of Chuck Klosterman's X* A Highly Specific, Defiantly Incomplete History of the 21st Century, when I walked into the bookstore. Or was it? The first page I flipped to mentioned Van Halen. The second page was a discussion about KISS, and the third had something to do with Creed. Those three names alone made it clear this was a book that needed reading immediately. X is a collection of culture writer Klosterman's essays on a variety of topics over the last ten years. They're mostly split between music... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! How are you? I had one weird sleep last night. Went to bed feeling fine, and then I had this dream where some guy wanted to interview me about a non-specified topic. He was talking to other people as well, and they didn't seem happy about it. When it was finally my turn, the guy paused and said, "This can wait. This man doesn't look well." As soon as he said that, I woke up sweating profusely and incredibly nauseous. Is this what it's like to be Donald Trump? I still don't feel 100%, but I... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! Come on in, have a seat. How are you? We're off to a slow start at Clutter Headquarters today. The Red Sox had a two-hour rain delay last night, but we stayed until the bitter end, which means someone was up way past their bedtime. Who needs sleep, right? Well, we do. However, at least we have extra strong coffee, courtesy of BDH and Little Buddha. They just said that it's ready, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Wednesday Clutter. It's disappointing that a state judge overturned California's assisted... Read more →


There will always be a special place in my heart for Robin Williams. I was in awe of the comedian when I was a kid. The way his mind seemed to be working at 100 mph as the quips flew out of his mouth during his stand-up routines was spell-binding. His movies could be hit-or-miss, but Good Morning Vietnam, The Fisher King, Dead Poets Society, and Good Will Hunting are some of my all-time favorites. His suicide in 2014 was personally devastating, and the world hasn't seemed as funny ever since. With that in mind, I couldn't wait to read... Read more →


Our country seems to be getting crazier by the hour, and it is clear that things are in need of a major adjustment. It just so happens that Adjustment Day is the title of Chuck Palahniuk's new book (out on May 1.) However, rather than calm things down, Palahniuk takes the reader on a disturbing ride where everything is even more insane, and the comedy is as dark as a black hole. The Fight Club author's first novel in four years tells the story of the disintegration of the United States under the guise of freedom from the oppression of... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back, and a happy Friday the 13th to you all! I'm still under the weather, but BDH and Little Buddha have been doing a great job of looking after me. They offered to go to the store later today to pick up some stuff we need. I said that was awfully kind of them, but it would be good for me to get some fresh air at some point, especially since it's supposed to be in the 60's today. They agreed with that, so we decided that what they could do instead would be to make some... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! Come on in, have a seat. Glad to see you have your umbrellas, it looks like it's going to be a wet one out there today. That's okay, it's good for the Clutter Tree and the garden. How's your week going so far? No complaints on this end, especially since BDH and Little Buddha just said the coffee is ready. Help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Wednesday Clutter. Alex van der Zwann became the first recipient of a sentence in the Mueller probe. He was sentenced to 30 days in... Read more →