Jacob’s Folly

Jacob Cerf is a Jew living in eighteenth-century Paris who peddles his wares on the streets for a living. His life is a disaster. He’s been duped into marrying a complete nightmare of a wife, and when the opportunity arises to escape his hellish existence, he’s forced to take it; it seems to be theContinue reading “Jacob’s Folly”

Role Models

Role Models is the most recent book by John Waters. Marketed as a memoir, it’s really more of a memoirish collection of essays paying homage to the numerous role models Waters has looked up to over the years. Of course, if you’re at all familiar with Waters — a.k.a. the Sultan of Smut/King of BadContinue reading “Role Models”

Farther Away: Essays

I’ve been surprised this week by how little fanfare has been made over Jonathan Franzen’s latest book, Farther Away. Are people still suffering from Freedom overload? Are his fiction offerings the only things people are rabid for? Was his most recent essay on Edith Wharton the last straw? Are people just Franzened out? Who knows. AllContinue reading “Farther Away: Essays”

The True Memoirs of Little K

At the age of 100, Mathilde Kschessinska sits down to write her memoirs. Now living in Paris, Kschessinska looks back fondly–albeit delusionally–on the prime of her life, when she was the prima ballerina assoluta of the Russian Imperial Ballet. As a talented and scheming girl of seventeen, Mathilde caught the eye of tsarevich Nicholas Romanov,Continue reading “The True Memoirs of Little K”