Frankenstein, published in 1818, was written by a 19-year-old woman who created a story and a creature that has endured for 200 years and looks likely to endure for much longer. Her creation has become a myth we continue to apply to our lives in a myriad of ways – how many creatures assembled through corruption and hubris have stumbled forth into our time?
This frank book is a plea to think seriously about what is important to us as we age, to understand our life-options, and to face our mortality. No solution handbook for solving the intractable problems inherent in bodily decline, this is a book-long conversation with this brilliant physician/writer, who believes that life isn’t curable.
There is no way to review Fear without making someone angry. Donald Trump is the most divisive public figure of my lifetime (65). Nixon does not come close. I have yet to read a middle-ground perspective on him or the two years of his Presidency.
An Appreciation of Moby Dick on the 157th Anniversary of its Publication
Ahab is the soul of Moby Dick, but the physical and symbolic reality of the whale gives us the core ideas of the book. No other novel in American literature presents us with a more complex, poetic, and convincing portrait of a species or of an individual creature. The White Whale is the object of desire, the ferocious grail of Ahab’s quest.
Tommy Orange is author of There There recently published and now on the bestseller list. He is a recent graduate of the MFA program at The Institute of American Indian Arts. He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma.
In this collection of 11 stories, Groff suggests that as true wilderness diminishes, its qualities of ferocity, its sudden unveiling of the unexpected and its feral tendencies are infiltrating suburban American life, and that the state of Florida is the leading edge of this transition. Her characters are fully alive on the page as if they have ingested some of its wildness.
Shakespeare understood the desire for absolute power, how it may come to invest itself in one person and how it destroys safeguards meant to protect liberty: “Under what circumstances, Shakespeare asked himself, do … cherished institutions, seemingly deep rooted and impregnable, suddenly prove fragile? Why do large numbers of people knowingly accept being lied to? How does a … Richard III or Macbeth” acquire power? (1)”
Michael Ondaatje's Booker Prize winning novel, The English Patient, was published in 1993. Ondaatje is a Sri Lankan-born Canadian who is lauded as a poet, fiction writer and essayist. His most recent novel, Warlight, is on par with The English Patient - a riveting story written in poetic prose.