Tag: book review
Masculinity in Joseph O’Neill’s Short Story Collection Good Trouble
Really, there are precious few moments in modern life when one can express masculinity; or alternately, when one has his masculinity tested. Joseph O’Neill’s short story collection Good Trouble depicts just such scenarios. That said, they bear more resemblance to Seinfeld than Hemingway in their everyday ordinariness and ambivalence. In other words, this is masculinity…
Joseph O’Neill’s “The Referees”: a Tale of Alienation
Central to Joseph O’Neill’s short story “The Referees” is an embarrassing predicament: Rob Karlsson needs to apply for co-op housing in NYC but cannot, in all his circle of acquaintances, find two people to write him a personal reference. The short story treats the theme of alienation and dislocation, motifs of O’Neill’s short story collection,…
Is Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar a Feminist Novel?
The Bell Jar is commonly viewed as a withering critique of expectations of women in the 1950s. The novel is perhaps this, but it is also more. Themes of the stifling roles of women in the ‘50s are present, yes. Yet the alternative to these traditional roles, as represented by independent, career minded women, are…
When I was Puerto Rican: a Portrait of the Soul of a Writer
The ironic title begs the question: How could it be that someone was Puerto Rican, if it’s an ethnic identity? Ah, but to live there can be a temporary thing, despite that it might live inside you. And moving is after all a motif of Esmeralda Santiago’s memoir. The amount of times Santiago moves is…
Girl, Interrupted: a Comparison of the Book vs. the Movie
A successful film adaptation works in synergy with the book, generating interest, and bringing acclaim to the author who could only welcome such a development. Such is the case with Girl, Interrupted. Angelina Jolie portrays the wild Lisa with swagger, bringing the character to life. Susanna Kaysen, author of Girl, Interrupted, describes Lisa as “thin…
Michael Cohen’s Disloyal: a Repentant Lawyer Throws Stones
Cohen frequently expresses his moral revulsion at his own actions and antics as Trump’s executive vice president and personal attorney.