Articles by Corey Vilhauer

June 5, 2007

The Corey Vilhauer Book of the Month Club: June 2007 1

The travelogue. Ah, the oft maligned travel novel, thrown onto the burn pile with other not-taken-seriously genres like mystery and thriller. Driven to the edges of respected literature, called unimaginative and easy, dropped first from a library’s collection and left to rot on library sale tables. Yet, it seems like everyone wants in the action. […]

May 3, 2007

The Corey Vilhauer Book of the Month Club: May 2007 1

Which is better? Reading a series slowly, savoring each book by separating it from its ilk, dividing and conquering and drawing the series out over the span of several years, as if reading them real time the way they were released. Or… Devouring a series at once, going from book to book as if the […]

April 2, 2007

The Corey Vilhauer Book of the Month Club: April 2007 5

Reading can be rewarding. I’m late to this party. Everyone has been expounding on their love for this month’s book – Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. But before Oprah, and before the Tournament of Books, and especially before the hype and praise and high expectations, I decided I’d better give this book a shot. So, essentially, […]

March 1, 2007

The Corey Vilhauer Book of the Month Club: March 2007 1

I’m not ready this month. Seriously. I’ve only had 28 days of reading, a good number of which I spent failing to write a short story and traveling to Minneapolis. I’ve only read two books. And one of them took me three weeks. I’m just not ready for February to be over. I shouldn’t complain, […]

February 2, 2007

The Corey Vilhauer Book of the Month Club: February 2007 1

“Dostoevsky was a sick man. He was spiteful, intolerant, and irritable. Turgenev once described him as the nastiest Christian he had ever met.” – Andrew R. MacAndrew, Translator of Notes from Underground. I’d like to think that, 200 years from now, I’ll be immortalized with a Penguin Classics edition of my life’s work – a […]

January 4, 2007

The Corey Vilhauer Book of the Month Club: January 2007 1

As a reader, I’ve been fortunate to enjoy a wide variety of literary pieces – from potboiler mysteries to critically acclaimed tomes. I just like to read, I guess, and I like to talk about reading. And because I (unfortunately) don’t have a lot of people in my life to talk about reading with, I […]

December 16, 2006

A Year in Reading: Corey Vilhauer 0

This year, Corey Vilhauer, a blogger from South Dakota, joined us on twelve occasions to present his book of the month. I viewed his regular installments as letters from the reading trenches, from a reader who’s willing to try anything as he expands his horizons to new genres and eras of writing. You’ll be seeing […]

December 4, 2006

The Corey Vilhauer Book of the Month Club: December 2006 5

Okay, everyone. Listen up – especially you men out there. There’s a common feeling among casual readers that certain authors are untouchable by the male mind – books that are filled with flowery descriptions and love and all that crap. Books by Woolf, or by either of the Brontes. Or Austen. Or Hugo. Hugo. Victor […]

November 8, 2006

The Corey Vilhauer Book of the Month Club: November 2006 8

It’s official. I’m done! This month, I finally finished my Penguin Pockets 70th Anniversary Box Set. I read nearly every page over a broken, two-month period (the first month – my Millions debut – can be found here). It was a difficult, grueling battle, but I made it through with only a few bruises and […]

October 2, 2006

The Corey Vilhauer Book of the Month Club: October 2006 1

I’m not ashamed to admit it. I was young once. So were you. Of course, there are lots of things I’m ashamed to admit about my youth. But I’m not ashamed to say that I was young at one time, and that during that one time I may have done things that were entirely “not […]