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Most of us English speakers are too lazy, busy or stultified to read Goethe,
Gogol, Kafka, and Mishima in their original languages. Many of us, however,
have at some point cracked open a legendary work and finished it wondering: what am I missing?
I think, through our culture and society, we're giving (kids) this message that reading is more of a feminine activity, because when you look around, it's your mom who is reading to you early on, it's women in the elementary school, it's women librarians, or women in publishing, too. And I think guys just subconsciously sort of absorb that message and go, "Oh yeah, this isn't for me."
"My intention was for there to be a certain amount of an arc and for
the stories to stand separately but for there to be an evolution of the character.
I wasn’t really thinking novel when I was writing it."
Let us begin our look at the covers of those books
concerned with the covers of books. In honor of the funhouse effect you’ll
find emerging through our examination of these, I’ve daringly thrown all
caution to the wind by including two very wonderful and highly sideshow-worthy
books at the end that have nothing to do with cover design and everything to
do with freak shows.
Although he has
written a multitude of material outside of the Burke series ranging from articles
for Parade Magazine to 2003’s car-theft caper The Getaway Man
Two Trains Running
is an epic tale that even Vachss, a man used to
hard work, admits took some extra effort.
Now Stacked basically has only two jokes. One, Pamela’s got really big boobs. Her breasts are magnetic, drawing the eye like a magic trick. Two, you can’t judge a book by its cover, ho-ho!
On page 8 Hamer inserts a disclaimer: “There are probably many
different genes involved, rather than just one. And environmental influences
are just as important as genetics.” Hamer is nothing if not savvy: this
measured estimation is too tepid by half for marketing a book (or making Time
Barbara J. King
"I think the question of violence is only a question because people think of poetry as lyric poetry. In lyric there is often a great deal of psychic violence, but usually little (say) murder. (Even in Browning’s lyrics.) A heart gets eaten in the first sonnet of Dante’s “Vita Nuova,” but that is the exception."