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arlene-goldbard's picture
Mar.27.2014
This has been a strange time in my little world: I’ve been traveling for work while my computer stayed home and lost its mind. I’m glad to say that sanity (i.e., memory, software, and general order) has been restored, and while I still have the sort of compulsive desire to tell the tale that...
charles-killeen's picture
Mar.22.2014
I'm becoming sick of people. Irritability is one of the symptoms of clinical depression and one that I've manifested through much of my life. There are words I don't like to use and do try to avoid, such as "suffer" as in "suffer with". I don't like to call myself afflicted because as with "suffer...
paddison-orvik's picture
Sep.30.2013
  After reading The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls, and several other novels of the same fictional biography nature, I can see that the theme of child abuse, neglect, and abandonment is almost becoming a genre in itself.  Certainly the book is of the same quality of Frank McCord’s...
paddison-orvik's picture
Aug.24.2013
Chuck and I are anxiously awaiting the highlighting of our book The Brothers’ Keepers in the next Red Room Newsletter.  Hopefully we will be able to engage Red Room readers in a discussion of our work.  We had several presentations on the book this last spring and Chuck had a booksigning...
robert-earle's picture
Aug.14.2013
Conjugal Love by Alberto Moravia is a short, intense, somewhat claustrophobic novel about a wealthy man who wants to be a writer and who wants his new wife, a good bit earthier and more idealistic than him, to serve as his muse.  They decide to hide away in the Tuscan hills for a while where...
robert-earle's picture
Jul.13.2013
Russell Banks is a good, serious writer, which raises the interesting question of how he could have written a book as disappointing and unpersuasive as his novel, The Reserve.   The Reserve is large tract of forest, lakes, and mountains controlled by very wealthy families who are, by the...
orna-b-raz's picture
Apr.06.2013
Giovanna and Giovanni are getting married!  In discussing the relationship between reality and representation in the realistic post-war British noveI, I chose to draw an  analogy from the area of visual art. In “The Arnolfini Marriage,” a 1434 painting depicting Giovanni Arnolfini and his...
robert-earle's picture
Mar.25.2013
British novelist, Pat Barker is best known for the Regeneration Triology, focused on World War I. Toby's Room covers some of the same territory...the years leading up to the war when it was all but unimaginable...and the years of the war when it also was all but unimaginable. Toby's Room is a...
michael-seidel's picture
Sep.06.2012
Had another call today about the integration today. The others on the phone became very complimentary about me, about what I knew, and my pivotal role. "Have you been cloned?" one asked, "because you have a wealth of knowledge. They better hope you're not hit by a bus," joked another. "You're not...
robert-earle's picture
Sep.06.2012
The Kite Runner, focused on the tragedy of Afghanistan, was a great success when it was published in 2003 and deservedly so.  This novel interweaves generational affections and disaffections with the political upheavals afflicting Afghanistan after King Zahir Shah was deposed in the 1970s....