March 09, 2012
Robert Paul Wolff, Thank You

One of the half-dozen or so blogs I read every day is Robert Paul Wolff’s The Philosopher’s Stone. Last month he confessed to a weakness for schlock novels, and so I sent him one of mine called Body Scissors. He responded handsomely on his blog. Here’s an excerpt, which I pass along on the theory that he who tooteth not his own horn, that horn shall not get tooted:

The book arrived in the mail yesterday, at about 1:30 p.m. I opened the first page to see what it was like. At 8:23 p.m., with time out to prepare and eat dinner, I turned the last page, put out my light, and went to sleep. I think it is accurate to say that I could not put it down…

It is a great tale, but what really captivated me [aside from the Harvard Square scenes, rendered with delicious and unillusioned irony], is the progressive sensibility that infuses the narrative. It does not actually play a role in the plot as such, but it is present, nonetheless, and it made me aware how much of the time, in the sorts of things I had been reading, I simply had to bracket my political sensibilities in order to get through the book. Just the opposite is true in Body Scissors.


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at March 09, 2012 03:39 PM
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I love the Tom Bethany novels. I miss him!

Posted by: Lenora on March 13, 2012 1:23 PM

I kind of miss him too, Lenora. I'm thinking about reviving the series, with an older but no wiser Tom in St. Marys, Georgia. It's a coastal village just above the Florida line. The revival may even happen; I've plotted Volume VII out and written most of the first chapter.

Posted by: Jerry Doolittle on March 13, 2012 3:59 PM

Please do.

Posted by: JoyfulA on March 13, 2012 6:39 PM

Maybe Sally Super could be his sidekick. I enjoyed watching that creative process.

Posted by: Batard on March 14, 2012 10:13 AM
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