Jimmy Fallon’s Do Not Read List pt 2

More great advice from the wildly underrated Jimmy Fallon.

November Book Club: The Winter of Our Discontent REview

The Winter of Our Discontent John Steinbeck [xrrgroup][xrr rating=4/5] [xrr rating=3.5/5 imageset=grenade label=Manliness:][/xrrgroup]     In case you forget, John Steinbeck is the man.  This is something we were all reminded of last night at our book club discussion of The Winter of Our Discontent.  It was decided that it’s our natural inclination to lump […]

Where do you read?

We here at iUMBC like to read. It’s no secret. We’ve talked a bit about the differences between physical books and ereaders, but another important aspect to the reading experience has to do with the environment one decides to read in. When it’s really time to sit down and delve into a book, we need […]

Front Cover Fridays #2

Last week’s FCF was a little absurd. So let’s right the ship a little bit and as not-random as possible! Here’s a look at the first edition of this month’s book, The Winter of Our Discontent, by John Steinbeck, released in 1961 by Viking Press: Gorgeous cover of what I assume is New Baytown where […]

Review: 4 Hour Body is Ridiculous

Let me clarify the title: The 4 Hour Body is super ridiculous.  Does that help? The book has some pretty interesting studies (done by Ferris on himself), but the book is worthless as far as a lifestyle guide.  No one will be able to follow this for an extended period of time. I learned 2 […]

Family Guy Loves Book Clubs…

This was my perception of book clubs before the Ultra Manly Book Club came into existence.

Pet Names: Ultra Manly (So Says John Steinbeck)

Pet names. Pretty darn effeminate right? Most guys would agree that it isn’t the manliest thing to have a bunch of pet names for your spouse or girlfriend.  But I think we can also agree that the major theme of The Winter of Our Discontent is that pet names don’t have to be lame.  I’m […]

Hunger Games Movie Trailer

  Don’t call it the next Twilight.     While we may have doubts about the series as a whole, there’s no debate that the first book is downright thrilling.

Front Cover Fridays #1

Here at iUMBC, we don’t like to take life too seriously. We might come across highly educated and ultra professional on the surface, but truly we are just a bunch of normal guys who like to have fun. In an attempt to prove to you how uneducated and not so serious we truly are, it […]

A Child of the Books

Every Friday afternoon, for an entire year, Mrs. Schmidt would sit us down and read a book to us. Some kids hated it. Some kids went to sleep. Some…especially my cousin, stared out the window waiting for the moment sweet freedom would be announced. I myself was enthralled. She read from many different genres. I […]