All That Man Is by David Szalay My rating: 2 of 5 stars I kept waiting for the irony to kick in. As I read stories of one white, straight, male, European protagonist after another, I kept waiting for the joke that would make the book’s title pay off. I confess I may have missed… Continue reading Some That Man Might Be?
Sure, professionally speaking I’m in a lifeboat in the middle of a vast, unforgiving ocean. The ship’s disappeared beneath the waves and I’m not sure they got a message off telling anyone we’re out here. Yes, all that’s true, but at least I got to have a fun, week-long Twitter riff exchange with the author… Continue reading Fun and Nudity With A Famous Person
The revisions on the new book have been taking it out of me. Even though my editor and I agree that this is necessary and I’m pretty sure I’m headed in the right direction, this book really is in many way terra incognita for me. I keep telling myself that my current level of discomfort is a good thing,… Continue reading In The Midst of Revision
Professor Ian Kershaw, best known for his landmark two-volume biography of Adolf Hitler (titled Hubris and Nemesis) takes on a gargantuan project in To Hell and Back: Europe 1914-1949, a history of the European continent’s 30-year collapse into near self-destruction. A history encompassing the politics, economics, and high and low cultures of nearly two-dozen countries,… Continue reading Review: Ian Kershaw’s To Hell and Back. A New Warning From History