“I have never been able to stop wondering where my friends’ money came from, nor to stop thinking that at one time a sort of droit de seigneur might have been exercised to give one of them my girl. For 16 years I lived pretty much as this latter person, distrusting the rich, yet working for money with which to share their mobility and the grace that some of them brought into their lives.” - from New Directions' F. Scott Fitzgerald: On Booze, which I reviewed at The New Inquiry.
I reviewed Mark Whitaker's memoir, My Long Trip Home, for The Barnes and Noble Review. Read it here!
Mark Whitaker, the first black editor of Newsweek and current managing editor of CNN Worldwide, explains that it was the memoir of another prominent biracial man, Dreams of My Father by Barack Obama, that inspired him to write his own father's story in My Long Trip Home. He goes on to clarify that his memoir will be very different because, unlike President Obama, he knew his father "for half a century, for better or, as was so often the case, for worse."
Everything from China's gender policy to Anthony Weiner's weiner.
I reviewed Alan Hollinghurst's new novel, The Stranger's Child, for The Second Pass. "English majors who revel in the not-so-secret sex lives of the Bloomsbury group will be more than prepared for Alan Hollinghurst’s new novel, The Stranger’s Child, which recounts the brief but lusty life of Cecil Valance, a poet who “would fuck anyone” before joining up in World War One and getting himself killed at the age of twenty-five in France."
Did you know that in 2006 thirteen people reported seeing a flying saucer at Chicago O'Hare airport ? No? Well, read about that sighting and nine more at TruTV.
Warning: The Grinning Man story gave me nightmares.
From the Salem Witch Trials to the Loch Ness Monster, here are the Top 10 Paranormal Hoaxes of All Time.
Werewolf sex? Check. Here's my review of Glen Duncan's The Last Werewolf at NPR.
Very proud of this piece, "The 13 Scariest Curses EVER," I wrote for Trutv.com because I'm basically realizing my childhood dream to be Fox Mulder. Thanks for reading!