When I was a little kid, I thought that anyone over fifteen was basically a grown-up. Their bodies were already hairy and gnarled, just like school teachers, admin staff, and anyone else in a position of authority. Physical change seemed like the catalyst for all the mental and emotional changes that made the adult process […]
Book Reviews from These Walking Blues.
Hagen Engler’s upcoming novel, ‘In The Maid’s Room’, is going to do two things for readers: make people laugh until their stomachs ache, and talk about race in a way that needs to happen. I’ll come back to this in a moment. For anyone outside South Africa, Hagen became the voice of a generation in about 1997, when […]
Last week, after meeting on Twitter (the social equivalent of a mega mall), I sat down with Danger Slater to talk about his new novel, I Will Rot Without You. In a nutshell, I Will Rot Without You is like a disturbing dream that stays with you for days after you’ve woken up. Except that […]
It was more than a bit unusual to find myself lining up outside a church with hundreds of people on a Saturday night. I’d caught wind of WordStock 2015 at the last minute, just in time to catch John Irving in discussion with Dave Miller about his new book, Avenue of Mysteries. If the key venue for […]
The World According To Garp (1978) is one of my favorite novels. The story follows the life and times of T.S. Garp, a writer, wrestler, husband, father and full-time worrier. I guess it’s also about his mother, Jenny Fields, who navigates the strangeness of life in America as a sexual suspect. And it’s about a group […]