The Taser's Edge


Current and Recent Readings…

are updated.

I’m on a Russell Banks kick.  I liked the movie of The Sweet Hereafter (dir. Atom Egoyan, who also did the previously-adored-here Adoration) when I saw it a few years ago, but I loved and now highly recommend Banks’ original novel, an absolute masterpiece of characterization through multiple narrators trying to make sense of a tragedy and its aftermath in northern rural New York.  (The book, it must be admitted, sadly does lose its sure footing near its end.)

Now I’m moving on to Banks’ more recent Cloudsplitter: A Novel, which is a fictionalized version of the life and death of John Brown (the John Brown whose “body lies a-mold’ring in the grave“).  It got on my ‘Books to Read’ list years ago, because Brown’s massacre and raid are crazy interesting, and now I come back around to the book because its author is crazy talented.  It’s called Fate.