Monthly Archives: May 2018

Week 50: Portnoy’s Complaint

"So. Now you know the worst thing I have ever done. I fucked my own family's dinner." That line, one of the most memorable in modern literature, appears about halfway through Philip Roth's humorous, sexually explicit monologue, which is prefaced by the following clinical definition: "Portnoy's Complaint: A disorder in which strongly-felt ethical and altruistic [...]

By | 2018-05-29T14:56:06+00:00 May 29th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Week 48: A Farewell to Arms

I always want to slap Hemingway's women. They never seem like fully realized characters. Unlike the men, who, while they may not always be admirable, at least are recognizably human. Hemingway believed that women, along with politics, drink, money and ambition, ruined a writer. So it's not surprising that his women tend to fall into [...]

By | 2018-05-15T15:22:51+00:00 May 15th, 2018|Uncategorized|5 Comments

The thing about Mother’s Day*

When I was 7, I got kicked out of Brownies. The reason, as I understood it then, was that I had gone to a special Brownie feast out of uniform. The thing is, I had been in a rush, as usual, and had simply gone in my school clothes. Brown Owl told me to sit [...]

By | 2018-05-12T22:13:52+00:00 May 12th, 2018|Uncategorized|7 Comments

Week 47: Fall on your knees

A few years ago, in an interview with Herizons magazine, Ann-Marie Macdonald had this to say about sexual abuse: "The act of abuse doesn't take very long. It's often a fleeting moment in one's life, but the ripple effects - the water table is poisoned from then on, the food chain is poisoned." She was [...]

By | 2018-05-08T04:40:44+00:00 May 8th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Week 46: The Great Gatsby

"Let me tell you about the very rich," Fitzgerald once wrote. "They are different from you and me." He wrote it in a short story, "The Rich Boy", while he was waiting for The Great Gatsby to be published. It's worth quoting in full because it's at the heart of the Gatsby narrative: “Let me tell you [...]

By | 2018-05-01T15:45:46+00:00 May 1st, 2018|Uncategorized|2 Comments