Book Review – Between Them: Remembering My Parents by Richard Ford

  I've been a fan of Richard Ford's novels and short stories for years. This spring he published his first non-fiction book, a touching memoir about his parents' lives. Ford is now 73 and has lived longer than either of his parents. His father, Parker, died of a massive heart attack in 1960 at the …

Thought of the Day

“Perhaps the best cure for the fear of death is to reflect that life has a beginning as well as an end. There was a time when we were not: this gives us no concern. Why, then, should it trouble us that a time will come when we shall cease to be?” ― William Hazlitt

Book Review – THE CONJURE-MAN DIES : A HARLEM MYSTERY by RUDOLPH FISHER

I just finished reading The Conjure-Man Dies: A Harlem Mystery (first published in 1932) which has the distinction of being the first U.S. detective novel written by an African-American and the first one with an all Black cast of characters, including its wonderfully named sleuths Archer and Dart. I had never heard of it before …

Book Review – The Descent of Man by Grayson Perry

The Descent of Man is British artist Grayson Perry's funny and breezy take on the straightjacket of ideas around modern masculinity. As a heterosexual crossdresser Perry is, if you'll pardon the pun, perfectly suited to the task. In his more macho presentation Perry is a working class bloke who pushes himself hard as an all-terrain bicycle …