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Ian Goodwillie

Book Review: Hulk Hogan, My Life Outside the Ring

If you know me at all, then you know I am a man of varied tastes. I enjoy cooking, video games, good animation – Go Team Venture! – and a wide variety of reading material, including literary fiction, non-fiction and comic books. One thing I have enjoyed on different levels throughout most of my life […]

Book Review: Robert Englund, ‘Hollywood Monster’

  There are three first names that always pop into my mind when I think of horror films of the 1980s: Michael, Jason and Freddy. Their movies splashed blood across the big screens until the franchises became diluted by too many sequels to make them worth watching. For a modern reference point, see the Saw […]

Book Review: Paul Guinan & Anina Bennett, ‘Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel’

NOTE: This review contains spoilers regarding the book’s content. Few have discussed the history of the world’s first robot soldier, known as Boilerplate, with the level of detail that Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett have achieved. Built in 1893, Boilerplate fought alongside the likes of Teddy Roosevelt and Lawrence of Arabia, crossing the globe in […]

Book Review: Douglas Coupland, ‘Generation A’

Sometimes being wrong is a good thing. Back in January, I created a list of books to watch for in 2009 that I was excited about. Some have come out, some have not. Some have been good, some have not. But also in that list I mentioned a few authors I enjoyed who did not […]

Book Review: Alton Brown, ‘Good Eats: Volume 1, The Early Years’

The Good Eats Recipe – Serves Millions Weekly 1 part Julia Child 1 part Mr. Wizard 1 part Monty Python Mix thoroughly then heat at 350 degrees for 30 minutes in a cast-iron skillet. Serve with a witty and knowledgeable host. For those of you who are not obsessed by the fine art of cooking, […]

Book Review: A.J. Jacobs, ‘The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment’

Have you ever internally, or possibly externally, groaned at the grind of managing the day-to-day minutia of your own life? The problem is always what to do about it. You could conceivably just give up and stop worrying about those details, but issues such as rent tend to creep up on you if you don’t […]

Book Review: Kevin Eastman & Peter Laird, ‘TMNT Collected Book Vol. 1’

If you grew up in the ‘80s and ‘90s watching Saturday morning cartoons, you are probably in nerd heaven right now. That is, of course, assuming that you are like me and are still obsessing about those cartoons many years later. Regardless, mainstays of those Saturday mornings such as G.I. Joe and Transformers have finally […]

Book Review: Mark Helprin, ‘Digital Barbarism: A Writer’s Manifesto’

Spawned by his New York Times op-ed piece on the same topic, Digital Barbarism continues Mark Helprin’s discussion on copyright in a modern technological world. This is obviously an important conversation for writers; and one that Helprin should be congratulated for helping to spark. Or, at the very least, for throwing some gasoline on the […]

Book Review: Michael Lang, ‘The Road to Woodstock’

I wasn’t at Woodstock. And I’m going to guess that a substantial percentage of the people who will end up reading this review will fit into that category as well. But the importance of Woodstock as a watershed event in the sociological turmoil of the 1960s, as well as a tipping point for the music […]

Book Review: Chuck Palahniuk, ‘Pygmy’

You can use a lot of words to describe Chuck Palahniuk’s work: weird, disgusting and disconcerting come to mind; but boring is certainly not one of those words. With his previous releases, Palahniuk has made a name for himself by playing with concepts and ideas, moulding them into something different each time. Pygmy is an […]

Book Review: Mark Caro, ‘The Foie Gras Wars’

Veal, as a general rule, is the most questionable of all main courses to order in a restaurant. The treatment of calves to make this favoured dish is, if you’ll forgive the pun, rather hard to swallow. But the tradition of foie gras, forgotten by many and unknown to even more, is a close second. […]

Kat Von D, High Voltage Tattoo

If you are not “in the know,” Kat Von D is the star of The Learning Channel’s L.A. Ink. It is a reality show focusing on the lives of those working at one of the hottest tattoo shops in Los Angeles. To be completely frank, I am not a fan of the show in the […]