SPYING ON BERTOLT BRECHT IN EAST GERMANY

Brecht’s Lover by Jaques-Pierre Amette Pros: atmosphere, characterization Cons: no solution for the enigma of Brecht Jaques-Pierre Amette’s 2003 novel La maîtresse de Brecht became the hundredth book to win the Prix Goncourt. It was translated into British English in 2005 not as Brecht’s Mistress, but as Brecht’s Lover. The young and beautiful actress Maria

DOGS DON’T LIE

Lyin’ Like a Dog Pros: highly appealing, well written, fast-paced, fun read Cons: none noted Richard Mason’s Lyin’ Like a Dog opens in a burst of words on 23 September 1945 as we find Richard sitting with his hound Sniffer, and musing about his birthday. In reality, it is the lack of festivity which is

WELL WORTH THE READ

Something Is Rotten in Fettig  a satire Pros: well developed characters,  excellent writing,  fun writing style, highly readable,  caricatures abound;  this one is a keeper, and I rarely enjoy satire Cons: none noted Interesting read               Recommended                  Jere Krakoff’s Something is Rotten in Fettig is a satire comprised of

SO PRETTY IN PINK

Hoppity  Ty®  Beanie Baby® See it at Amazon Pros: Ty product,  collectible,  cute as can be Cons: none noted Ty® Beanie Babies®’ Hoppity Bunny measures 8 x 3.7 x 0,8 inches of plushy polyester fabric. Hoppity is a honey of a sugar pink rabbit having bright black eyes, triangle pink nose and pink whiskers. Around

AND MIGHTY TASTY TOO

Annie’s™ Organic, Bunny Fruit Snacks  BERRY PATCH flavor    Pros: tasty, not sticky in hand or packet, non GMO, gluten free, organic ingredients, no artificial colors or flavors Cons: none noted Annie’s™ Organic, Bunny Fruit Snacks BERRY PATCH flavor  generated using real fruit juice and no artificial preservatives, flavors or colors are a mouthwatering, fun

CHRISTOPHER RICE’S DEBUT COMING-OF-AGE OF A BULLIED YOUTH NOVEL

A Density of Souls by Christopher Rice Pros: narrative drive Cons: Bell Tower is literally “over the top”, one-dimensional villains (with guilty secret) The Bottom Line: Overly melodramatic ending to a chronicle of a queerbaited/-bashed youth in New Orleans of the 1990s I was absorbed in Christopher Rice’s first novel Density of Souls, which was

POLICE TERRORISM AND POETS’ NARCISSISM IN MID-1950S SAN FRANCISCO

Robert Duncan in San Francisco by Michael Rumaker Pros: third chapter to memoir, 2012 interview Cons: letters (appended to memoir) Though I have read and somewhere have Michael Rumaker’s overwritten (lyrical) A Day and a Night at the [Everard] Baths (1979) and was aware of My First Satyrnalia (1981), I’ve never considered Rumaker a writer,