About zach

Staring out across the hazy mountain range on his latest summitting of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Zach saw with a clearness he had not yet seen. "People should tremble at the very sound of my name", he thought. And it was so. "I should master the manly arts of the world, such as barehanded hunting and blacksmithing". And it was so. "People should call me Z$". And it was so.

Currently Reading

-The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
-The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
-Twitter for Good by Claire Diaz Ortiz

Out of the Silent Planet Book Club Questions

And I say also this. I do not think the forest would be so bright, nor the water so warm, nor love so sweet, if there were no danger in the lakes. -Hyoi Out of the Silent Planet definitely has more depth and underlying themes to it than most of the books we’ve read so […]

Official Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Trailer!

Oh man…this is going to be so good!

Russian Authors Are Weird

After seeing a legit Russian author, Gary Shteyngart, attend a book club with roommate Paul Giamatti, one can only assume that all Russian authors are just like him. Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky,Gogol. All just like this. Not sure why Luke is in love with them…  

Harry Potter vs Twilight Through Stephen King’s Eyes

Jimmy Fallon’s Do Not Read List #4

My favorite’s Killer Slippers. We’re going to do one of these books for the Ultra Manly Book Club one of these days.

Out of the Silent Planet PREview: February Book Club

Out of the Silent Planet CS Lewis While widely considered one of the formative science fiction books of the 20th century, it seems like CS Lewis’ Science Trilogy often gets overlooked. Out of the Silent is Lewis’ first published book and acts as an adult version of his Narnia books.  Those who love the fantasy […]

Divergent: Quick Hit Review

Quick story on how awesome my wife and I are.  We just took a weekend getaway to Branson.  During the off season.  On Sunday night.  Even cooler, we listened to a book on CD the whole way there and back.  Even COOLER, it was a young adult book filled with sappy “omg- we kissed” and […]

Award for Manliest Retailer: Duke Cannon

I’m not entire sure what they sell exactly.  All I know is I’m buying it. iUMBC insider, Graham, says that they sold out of product immediately.  Orders meant as Christmas presents still haven’t come. Some quotes from the website: “Duke Cannon would never spend $129 on a f****ing polo shirt.” “Duke Cannon doesn’t give a […]

January Book Club: Art of Fielding REview

The Art of Fielding Chad Harbach [xrrgroup][xrr rating=3.125/5] [xrr rating=3.25/5 imageset=grenade label=Manliness:][/xrrgroup]     Consensus on a book sucks.  It makes for boring conversation, a bunch of agreement, and a lot of slaps on the back.  Fortunately, we’re men.  So even when we agree on something we don’t communicate it well, giving us hours of […]

Movie Heroes

  -Thanks to John for referring me to this