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“like a sonnet whose beautiful lines are undermined by its flawed argument.” -- from my review of The Journal of Albion Midnight in New York Journal of Books






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“Is a proclivity to violence and vengeance a gender and/or regional trait? Are the minds of men more than women and/or rural folk more than city dwellers predisposed to violent acts of revenge? Or put another way, are violence and vengeance intrinsic components of the male psyche, and if so are men more likely to resort to them in rural settings? These are the central questions posed by Israeli novelist Meir Shalev in his seventh novel Two She-Bears (in the original Hebrew Shtayim Dubim, Am Oved, 2013).” — the opening paragraph of my review in New York Journal of Books

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The Festival of Insignificance by Milan Kundera

"... likewise 86 year old Czech-French novelist Milan Kundera’s new work of fiction, The Festival of Insignificance, which was published last week by New York based publisher Harper in Linda Asher’s fine English translation from the Kundera’s French, is a 128 pp. novella that revisits its author’s recurring themes but in a shorter format." -- from my examiner article. Also see my New York Journal of Books review.
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"Alexis Landau’s cinematically descriptive, character-driven debut novel explores ethnic identity via an intermarried family in WWI and Weimar era Germany, i.e. before anti-Semitism became official state policy legally codifying ethnic definitions." -- from my New York Journal of Books review in which I praise the book as “handsomely written” as well as a “powerful and compelling novel.” My additional remarks and excerpts from the book appear in examiner.com.
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“. . . the novel’s epic sweep, engaging prose, suspenseful plot, sense of humor, and introduction to a fascinating subculture outweigh its flaws.” - from my New York Journal of Books review. For additional remarks also see my examiner article.
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This article first appeared on the now defunct examiner.com

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Loving Frank: A Novel Loving Frank: A Novel by Nancy Horan


My review


rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is a compelling story which for the most part is conveyed in plain, simple, and often pedestrian prose. No doubt the author decided that the plot was so riveting that the appropriate style should be understated, but I think she took this approach too far. Most of the book could have benefited from the kind of lyricism displayed in its concluding chapters. I am nonetheless glad I read it. I had seen the PBS documentary on the Wright-Borthwick romance, so the events were not a surprise, but the novel did bring them to life. This is not a great book, but its story is worth hearing. In some respects Wright and Borthwick were ahead of their time, but whenever the well being of children is a factor whether to stay or leave a stale marriage remains a difficult dilemma.


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Loving Frank: A Novel Loving Frank: A Novel by Nancy Horan


My review


rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is a compelling story which for the most part is conveyed in plain, simple, and often pedestrian prose. No doubt the author decided that the plot was so riveting that the appropriate style should be understated, but I think she took this approach too far. Most of the book could have benefited from the kind of lyricism displayed in its concluding chapters. I am nonetheless glad I read it. I had seen the PBS documentary on the Wright-Borthwick romance, so the events were not a surprise, but the novel did bring them to life. This is not a great book, but its story is worth hearing. In some respects Wright and Borthwick were ahead of their time, but whenever the well being of children is a factor whether to stay or leave a stale marriage remains a difficult dilemma.


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I am reading and enjoying a prepublication copy of Best Sex Writing 2009 which I have agreed to review on Amazon. These are notes on the first ten chapters for that eventual review. BSW 2009 is an anthology of articles about sex; while a few articles refer to sexual encounters they are not erotic. These articles will not arouse you but they will engage your intellect and present a panoramic portrait of sex in America in the middle years of the first decade of the 21st century.

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I am reading and enjoying a prepublication copy of Best Sex Writing 2009 which I have agreed to review on Amazon. These are notes on the first ten chapters for that eventual review. BSW 2009 is an anthology of articles about sex; while a few articles refer to sexual encounters they are not erotic. These articles will not arouse you but they will engage your intellect and present a panoramic portrait of sex in America in the middle years of the first decade of the 21st century.

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Sep. 24th, 2007 02:51 pm
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Two months ago I posted that we were trying out a new shul and thinking of switching. We indeed switched and are now members of PSJC. High Holiday services included more English than we would like, but on the other hand there is a warmth and enthusiasm that we found lacking at our old shul; Shoshana said she has not heard such enthusiastic singing since she was in temple youth group in high school. At Ne'ila service on Yom Kippur our Cantor used a Sephardi melody for Avenu Malkenu that I hadn't heard since attending services at the Reform temple where I grew up. We do miss our friends from our old shul and the comfort of seeing familiar faces among our fellow congregants; it will take a while to meet and get to know the PSJCers. On Rosh Hashana we had people over for lunch and we broke the Yom Kippur fast at the home of a new friend who lives only two blocks from us.

Our cat Sasson had a respiratory and eye infection, but after a course of antibiotics he's healthier than we've ever seen him. With hindsight we suspect he was not well when we got him, and despite the breeder's assurances we should have had him examined by a veterinarian back then. Sasson is addicted to Shoshana's pheromones; he follows her around the apartment like a puppy and loves smelling her clothing, especially her nightgown. When she's home he ignores me, but when she's at work my company suffices. This is a cat who clearly likes humans but according to the breeder dislikes other cats. I hoped I might toilet train him, but that effort has been aborted. The first step is to elevate his litter box to the level of the toilet seat. I put it on a milk crate, but once after using it Sasson perched himself on one edge of the litter box and knocked it over spilling its contents. After cleaning up (I was in the bedroom donning my compression stockings and could not help right away) Shoshana decided that the experiment was over.

[livejournal.com profile] bethr and I have yet to find a literary agent willing to represent I Am My Beloved's. We've done seven interviews so far and will be doing more soon, but we need a book contract with an advance to pay for travel beyond driving distance of our respective homes.

For the first time in several years Shoshana will not be exhibiting her paintings in the BWAC Fall Show. Over the summer she had a fight with BWAC's president and will not participate until he resigns or is voted out of office.

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Sep. 24th, 2007 02:51 pm
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Two months ago I posted that we were trying out a new shul and thinking of switching. We indeed switched and are now members of PSJC. High Holiday services included more English than we would like, but on the other hand there is a warmth and enthusiasm that we found lacking at our old shul; Shoshana said she has not heard such enthusiastic singing since she was in temple youth group in high school. At Ne'ila service on Yom Kippur our Cantor used a Sephardi melody for Avenu Malkenu that I hadn't heard since attending services at the Reform temple where I grew up. We do miss our friends from our old shul and the comfort of seeing familiar faces among our fellow congregants; it will take a while to meet and get to know the PSJCers. On Rosh Hashana we had people over for lunch and we broke the Yom Kippur fast at the home of a new friend who lives only two blocks from us.

Our cat Sasson had a respiratory and eye infection, but after a course of antibiotics he's healthier than we've ever seen him. With hindsight we suspect he was not well when we got him, and despite the breeder's assurances we should have had him examined by a veterinarian back then. Sasson is addicted to Shoshana's pheromones; he follows her around the apartment like a puppy and loves smelling her clothing, especially her nightgown. When she's home he ignores me, but when she's at work my company suffices. This is a cat who clearly likes humans but according to the breeder dislikes other cats. I hoped I might toilet train him, but that effort has been aborted. The first step is to elevate his litter box to the level of the toilet seat. I put it on a milk crate, but once after using it Sasson perched himself on one edge of the litter box and knocked it over spilling its contents. After cleaning up (I was in the bedroom donning my compression stockings and could not help right away) Shoshana decided that the experiment was over.

[livejournal.com profile] bethr and I have yet to find a literary agent willing to represent I Am My Beloved's. We've done seven interviews so far and will be doing more soon, but we need a book contract with an advance to pay for travel beyond driving distance of our respective homes.

For the first time in several years Shoshana will not be exhibiting her paintings in the BWAC Fall Show. Over the summer she had a fight with BWAC's president and will not participate until he resigns or is voted out of office.

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