It seems appropriate to finish a book about vacation while on one. Except that the trip at the center of this book is hardly a vacation and the drive just taken to Atlanta and back was made possible by an extended disengagement from the world of work.
But enough carping. Vacation is supposed to be a happy Continue reading
A Patchwork Planet
Have you crossed paths with your angel yet?
I’m not talking about your Guardian Angel. I was raised with that comforting idea–that there was always one of God’s helpers ready to steer you from harm. No, I mean the person, perhaps sent by God, whose sole interaction with Continue reading
Rumpole Rests his Case
Most readers, I imagine, turn to the printed word for escape, relaxation, fun.
Me? I’m up to my ears in newspaper columns, academic papers and social science. It’s not as though I don’t enjoy a good yarn and a belly laugh, though. Continue reading
It had to happen. It happens every time.
I get a few novels and some literature under my belt and start to feel cocky. “See,” I think, “I still know how to do this. Maybe I even learned something since the last time.”
Then reality intrudes. Continue reading
This week I’m revisiting a modern classic. You didn’t think I’d lived this long without reading Roth, did you?
Roth is Philip Roth, the one-time enfant terrible of American letters, a man who long ago crossed the great divide into the land of literary writers. This volume, originally published in 1959, contains the title novella and Continue reading
The Sense of an Ending
Two novels in a row. They’ll pull my union card if this keeps up.
Years ago, I worked for an entrepreneur who favored enigmatic statements. Why, for example, address a staff issue when you can say, “A job is a problem that takes care of itself.”
Unfortunately, I picked up the habit. Here’s a favorite: Continue reading
I Am Charlotte Simmons
Readers of the last post should have seen this coming.
Before the sociologists got to the subject of campus sex, the novelists had gotten there first. Well, one novelist and because the scrivener in question is Tom Wolfe you get a two-fer. Wolfe the novelist is also Wolfe the Continue reading