Peripatetic, itinerant, eclectic musings about books, politics, history, language, culture, and anything else that interests me.
Stephen King’s 11/22/63 is almost 850 pages, and not one page wasted. If there’s such a thing as the perfect book, this is it. Brilliant premise for a novel — a man discovers a portal to September 9, 1958, and he uses it to go back in time and try to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The obvious complication — that changing the past changes the future — only hints at the unforeseen and unwanted consequences of what the book’s central character, Jake Epping, intends for the good.