Tag: Fiction

Three Books I Thought of Today

Three books I read years ago came to mind as I read today’s news about the further allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. I remember the impact of reading No More Masks in the early eighties, my first experience of an anthology that wasn’t the writing of a bunch of men with a sprinkling of women. It was an eye-opener, for sure, sort of a literary equivalent of this video produced by Elle.     Reading of the privilege, entitlement, misogyny, and frequent drunkenness of the D. C. area prep school world in which Kavanaugh grew up reminded me

Dark Days in Western Mass.: A Review of Jon Boilard’s Settright Road

Like Ray Carver’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, Jon Boilard’s Settright Road is a cohesive collection of stories about working-class life that delivers an impact similar to a novel when read as a whole. Set mostly in dying mill towns in Western Massachusetts in the eighties, these sometimes interrelated stories, composed in taut yet often lush and lyrical sentences, present characters teetering on the edge of ruin and sometimes death. Children living in unstable households mismanaged by adults struggling with fading economic prospects, mental illness, alcoholism and drug abuse cope as best they can. Go get my medicine you