“Welcome to Night Vale” by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor: Fiction Book Review

A friendly desert community where the sun is always screaming, the sky is full of strange arrows and patterns, and next door to a desert otherworld which holds the absolutely terrible Desert Bluffs and their monstrous radio host, Kevin. Damn them and their Smiling God. But that's not what we're talking about here. Well, mostly. For those listening to the podcast Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, the novel by the same name by the authors by the same name is something of a love song. For those new to the world of Night Vale, it's radio station host, and it's dog park that is open to the public and also under a permanent ban against all dogs, it is likely a weird experience in post-irony, love, loss, and shape shifting. But more on that later...

“Einstein’s Dreams” by Alan Lightman: Fiction Book Review

If you come across "Einstein's Dreams" on a shelf somewhere, the subscript below the title, "A Novel", may feel a little misleading after you've reached the end of the book. Of the small book's 140 pages, 15 of them (I counted!) contain the actual "plot" of the book, with small snippets of time shared by Einstein and Besso, the Glaucon to Einstein's Socrates...