Monday, October 29, 2007

More books I've read in 2007

"I think that if comedy is hurtful, it's no longer giving people release. The goal of comedy should be to improve somebody's disposition, cheer them up and make them feel better. Cruelty is just never good; it always hurts." William Kotzwinkle

I very much enjoyed this comedy from the great William Kotzwinkle. It's a satire of academia and the literary world, but it's also a meditation on what it means to be human. A bear steals a briefcase containing the manuscript to a novel and becomes a media darling. Meanwhile the man it was stolen from becomes more and more ursine, and both seemed pretty pleased with the deal.

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