Monday, November 22, 2010 By Aaron Brown
For a young person, Aaron Brown possesses extraordinary powers of reflection and observation. He also happens to be one hell of a writer. This collection of new essays and recycled newspaper and radio pieces (from Brown’s work as a journalist, editor, and commentator) merits, overall, a big thumbs up.He goes into more detail in the review, including some valid criticism that somehow still makes the book sound good, a feat indeed. Thanks for the review, Mark!
And you, dear reader, should consider "Overburden" as a holiday gift for the Iron Ranger, ex-Ranger, or Range-curious reader on your list. It's a scrappy, fun read and a good starting point for the even better work I plan to churn out over the next few years. Munger again:
In some ways, the fact that every story isn’t remarkable reminds me of the vinyl albums I collected in my youth: Not every cut was a favorite. But “filler” songs, like “filler” stories aren’t all bad; they allow the listener/reader to grasp genius when it appears.Genius is a stretch, but I'll take the vinyl comparison. Think Jethro Tull. Jethro Tull has recorded far more rock flute songs than are necessary, but when you need a rock flute song that's where you go. I'm like that for Iron Range creative nonfiction and pop history.
I'll be offering an "Overburden" promotion for blog readers in a couple days, just in time for Black Friday and/or Cyber Monday. Buying the book keeps this blog in business, especially if you buy it through this link: Overburden: Modern Life on the Iron Range