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.



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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