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The Bell Jar

Haunting. That is the word I would use to describe Sylvia Plath’s only book. It cannot be otherwise when you know the circumstances of her all to short life. You begin, knowing you are reading essentially an autobiography of a women who falls into the pit of depression. And you know that she did not […]

For Whom the Bell Tolls

If this novel had just hit the bookstores, I’d pass it by in a minute. The subject matter is not a natural for me. That being said, I read Norman Mailer’s Naked and the Dead and thought it the definitive exposition on why war is hell and no one should willingly go. Ernest Hemingway’s, For […]

Dust Bunnies Under a Microscope

A writer is defined as one who “writes books, articles or stories as a job.” Dorothy Parker related that someone (I forget who) opined that one could not call themselves a writer until they had written a book. Some have argued that one isn’t a writer until they are published, though given the Internet and […]

Catcher in the Rye

It is said reading this book at seventeen will prove quite different from reading it at fifty-seven. Or words to that effect. That could be said of most novels I suspect. Not all mind you, but probably most. It may have been a long time since I was seventeen, but after all I WAS once […]