This week I finished reading “The Outsiders.” Do you remember the movie? I remember bits and pieces, and that the drive in movie theater from the movie (in Tulsa) burned down not too long ago, causing a storm of emotion. (And fundraisers to rebuild, apparently.)

The book is an easy, quick read and one I do recommend, namely because it was written by a 16-year-old girl. That amazes me. It isn’t that the story has so many twists and turns I can’t believe a kid came up with the premise, but the character development is superb. And adult. And told from the perspective of a teenage boy, which she seems to get spot on.

Four out of five bananas.

Also, I’m now hooked on Audible. I’ve powered through “Yes, please” and am now listening to “The Heart of Darkness” and “The Hobbit.”

Let’s just say if you need a good reminder how far we’ve come in race relations, listen to Joseph Conrad’s work. Holy hell, this is some racist stuff. I get that it is an important story historically (charting ivory dealers on boats in the Congo), but the way the indigenous people are described and treated will make your ears hurt.

Bilbo Baggins and I, however, are becoming dear friends.

What are you reading?