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One Sentence Reviews Of Last Five Novels I Have Read

Here are one sentence reviews for the last five novels I have read along with a link to each book—

Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow—Too much testosterone for my tastes and not as good as its reputation.

The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud—First-rate story of the shortcomings of literary and Ivy League elite in days leading up to the exploiting of America’s larger vulnerabilities on 9/11.      

Augustus by John Williams—National Book Award winner from 1973 is story of first Roman emperor told by the well-researched imagining of personal and official correspondences.   

The End Of The Affair by Graham Greene–At first I thought nothing would happen in this book, but in the end it read like a thriller. 

Malgudi Days by R.K Narayan–A collection of short stories, it is an account of India that matches your best concepts of that country while remaining surprising and original.

I found The Emperor’s Children the best of this group. Though I would strongly recommend any of the above books with the exception of Henderson.

March 31, 2008 Posted by | Books, Reading Lists | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Poem Called Climate


Here is a poem I wrote called Climate.


Rain coat.


Turn on a light.



Moral climate


As if

No response is possible.

March 31, 2008 Posted by | Poetry | | 3 Comments

Many Despise Political & Intellectual Freedom

Many people despise political and intellectual freedom because they believe the average person can make no good use of it, or, they believe that they themselves are not up to the challenge of using such freedoms well.

Most people yearn to breath free, but it would be a mistake to assume that all do.

March 31, 2008 Posted by | Politics | , | Leave a comment