It might be said that Doctor Dread drank the Kool-Aid — except that the D. C. native’s transformation into an honorary Jamaican had nothing to do with a beverage. As Dread writes in this memoir, his conversion involved three months on the island, a whole mess of ganja and one psychotropic mushroom “put there by the Almighty Jah .
The premise of Amanda Filipacchi’s appealingly odd fourth novel is unveiled a few pages in, when an overweight, unattractive woman sits down in a therapist’s office. After some prodding that’s aimed at uncovering emotional pain (low self-esteem, difficult relationship with mother), the woman, Barb, reveals what really lies beneath: She strips off a grey wig, muddy brown contacts, false teeth and jellyrolls of fake fat to emerge a blond, blue-eyed goddess who’s spent two years in ugliness to see whether she can find one man who will fall in love with her despite her appearance.
When Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced Thursday that it would eliminate elephants from its performances, the news was celebrated by PETA and the Humane Society. Several novelists who have taken a special interest in animal rights also applauded the decision. Read full article >>
In 2011, an English professor in Alabama published an N-word free version of “Huckleberry Finn” to make Mark Twain’s classic more palatable to public schools. Now, naturally, there’s an app for that. In fact, Clean Reader can instantly sanitize any e-book purchased through its store of more than 1 million titles. Read full article >>