Additions, corrections to Greg Popcak’s book Holy Sex?

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Gregory Popcak and I were chatting the other day. He's thinking of writing a second, revised edition to his book Holy Sex!: A Catholic Guide to Toe-Curling, Mind-Blowing, Infallible Loving.   If you have read it, are there things you would like to see included in any future editions (certain problems addressed, topics discussed, sections refined)? Even if you haven't read it, are there things you would like to see addressed in a book that's intended to help people live the Catholic vis … [Read more...]

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I'm reading ...When You Are Engulfed In Flames by David SedarisSedaris is the master of the short, comic, grotesque personal essay.  Are his rambling ideas connected, or is he just really good at making it seem like they are? I don't know, but I die of envy. A little David Sedaris goes a long way, though, and the essays in this collection are not quite as tight and sharp as some of his other works -- but still, very funny stuff, enough to make me snort while I'm reading in bed.  An ex … [Read more...]

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I’m reading, I’m watching, I’m listening to . . .

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I'm reading . . . Havana Bay by Martin Cruz Smith.  Fourth in the Arkady Renko series that began with the brilliant Gorky Park, about which I said this: Maybe because it was so popular when it came out, or maybe because the author’s name is so snazzy, I somehow assumed that it was a trashy beach book, or some kind of dated, two-bit thriller.  Boy, was I wrong.  This is the real deal — real literature, a genuinely great novel.  Almost Dostoevskian at times.The characters are so re … [Read more...]

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I'm reading . . .A Case of Conscience by James Blish (1958).It turns out that the bland title has prevented anyone else in my house from picking this book up, and they had no idea it's a Catholic science fiction adventure novel about a biochemist Jesuit who is on an alien planet collecting information about a society of super intelligent lizard-like creatures who do not sin and who have no apparent need for God, and what do we think about that? In his down time, he works on solving a … [Read more...]

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Can American writers write happy endings?

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The British get Tom Jones and Dickens and Shakespeare's comedies, but what do we Americans get? Death and sadness, that's what -- at least in literature. Are there American novels with happy endings? Here's our list . . . Read the rest at the Register. … [Read more...]

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Adult American novels with happy endings?

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My teenage daughter is looking for good novels or short stories for a school project. It has to be an American author (per her teacher) and -- here's the hard part -- it has to have a happy ending (per her).My suggestions:Flannery O'Connor.  Okay, no happy endings, sometimes tragic, but not depressing, anyway! We got a little bit into how the bull in "Greenleaf" is Jesus -- well, not Jesus, exactly, but -- well, you know how Zeus was always . . . well, you know? (Little kids in the r … [Read more...]

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I’m reading, I’m watching, I’m listening to . . .

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I'm reading . . .Zorro by Isabel Allende.Allende is definitely a guilty pleasure. Zorro is silly fun, very typical of Allende, with her contemptuous fondness for Catholicism, the silly sex scenes mashed naively in with a kind of lascivious clumsy feminism, a few plot turns that don't make any sense and quietly get abandoned, and lots of running around, sailing, fighting, crying, eating, singing, being squalid, and more running around. I like the bouncy, tasty prose, and her ch … [Read more...]

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