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Original Essays | September 15, 2014

Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
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    Juliet's Nurse

    Lois Leveen 9781476757445

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The Graveyard Book (P.S.) by Neil Gaiman
The Graveyard Book (P.S.)

El Rey del Mono, March 7, 2012

I read Coraline first, it was good, but too scary gross and creepy. This book is amazing - Gaiman's prose seems so effortless, as if he were simply taking dictation of scenes he is witnessing first hand. Until I read the Kirkus review here on Powells.com I hadn't made the connection to Kipling, another great story teller who wrote effortlessly, with an unsentimental look at children and childhood. You find it not hard at all to believe in ghosts and goblins and all manner of fantastical surrealism, on the power of Gaiman's story=telling. About the only downside I can think of is that at points it is obvious that these stories were written independently using the same characters, as there is a certain continuity lacking between stories, at times. In particular, Dance the Macabray seems wholly self-contained. But no matter. They're great stories. I want to know what happens to Bod after.
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Bleachy Haired Honky Bitch by Hollis Gillespie
Bleachy Haired Honky Bitch

El Rey del Mono, July 29, 2010

The first chunk that talks about her career as a German translator made was so funny I had to call up my oldest sister and read large chunks over the phone. Hollis Gillespie's wit, her self-deprecating style that somehow never devolves into painful-to-look-at self-flagellation, remind me of the women I am drawn to: crazy, strong yet vulnerable, raucously funny women. She is all of my sisters combined in one, she is my crazy female friends who are funny and charming and messed up and unafraid and vulnerable all in one lovably nutty package. These stories are hilarious and simultaneously often speak to some painful, sobering truths. That's a rare gift. I got the deep sense reading these essays of "my god that story is so tragic, I really shouldn't be laughing at this!" as I peed myself and tried to catch my breath.
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