Monthly Archives: May 2018

Week 50: Portnoy’s Complaint

Portnoy's Complaint book review "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 [...]

By | 2018-09-07T15:52:48+00:00 May 29th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Week 49: On the counterculture bus with Tom Wolfe

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test book review In 1967, at the peak of the Summer of Love, Tom Wolfe set out to chronicle the adventures of Ken Kesey and his followers, the Merry Pranksters. All he knew about Kesey at that point was that he was "a highly regarded 31-year-old novelist and in a [...]

By | 2018-09-07T16:00:42+00:00 May 22nd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Week 48: A Farewell to Arms

A Farewell to Arms book review 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 [...]

By | 2018-09-07T16:06:00+00:00 May 15th, 2018|Uncategorized|5 Comments

Week 47: Fall on your knees

Fall on Your Knees book review 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, [...]

By | 2018-09-07T16:15:40+00:00 May 8th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments