I have not died, nor contracted a horrible and debilitating disease. What happened was I lost my former library job, went into a deep funk and spent eight months desperately searching for another one. I’ve been employed at my new job since January, so Huzzah! And I’m gearing up to read Ulysses, so I’m scared! […]

PLOT SPOILER WARNING! The basic plot: Bigger Thomas – a fatherless young black man living in a tiny, one room, run-down apartment on Chicago’s South Side with his mother, younger brother and sister – is hired to work as chauffeur by the wealthy Dalton family. The last person who held the job went to night […]

DH Lawrence (1885 – 1930) I read Sons and Lovers at an incredibly fast pace, considering its length (512 extra long pages) trying to cross the finish line the same time as the Guardian Book Group. Didn’t quite match my pace with theirs (to be fair, I started two weeks later) but I finished a […]

Quite the change in mood and style from Rose Macaulay to Richard Wright. I’m not sure I could have chosen a wider contrast if I’d intentionally tried, which I didn’t. I just pulled the book off my shelf (one of my many, I should say) because it was the first I saw that I knew […]

About: The Towers of Trebizond by Rose Macaulay Published: 1956 Publisher: NYRB (2003 reprint) Guardian 1000 Category: Comedy Source: Personal Library From Slate: Through its reissues of out-of-print or forgotten books, the New York Review of Books has been fueling the sense of discovery that remains one of the great pleasures of reading. Again and […]

Everything I disliked about Martin Amis’s Money is thankfully absent fromĀ  Towers of Trebizond, I’m relieved to say. There are no drunkards, no porn-addicted slovenly men, no unfunny (to me) humor. Just goes to show you how much popular writing changed in the approximately 30 years separating the two books (1956 and 1984), not that […]