Patrick Süskind’s “The Pigeon” (1988), “The Story of Mr Sommer” (1991), “Three Stories & a Reflection” (1996), and “On Love and Death” (2006)

About ten years ago, on someone’s recommendation (I don’t remember the person), I read Patrick Süskind debut, and so far only, novel Perfume: The Story of a Murderer. The novel was baroque in every which way, and I absolutely loved it. Its main character, Grenouille, was idiosyncratic in a way I had never seen before:… Read More Patrick Süskind’s “The Pigeon” (1988), “The Story of Mr Sommer” (1991), “Three Stories & a Reflection” (1996), and “On Love and Death” (2006)

“Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2017)

Two years ago Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie published the booklet version of a TedTalk she had given called We Should All Be Feminists (which also happened to be one of the very first posts I wrote on this blog). In that booklet Adichie laid out simple instructions as to why everyone should be a feminist, and… Read More “Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2017)

“Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins: My A-Z Index” by Kathy Griffin (2016)

Anyone slightly familiar with Kathy Griffin’s stand-up act knows that the vast majority of what she talks about concerns the world of tabloids and celebrity, and that she relishes every opportunity to tell a story of her meetings and misadventures with other famous people. I remember watching her special “Allegedly” about twelve years ago and… Read More “Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins: My A-Z Index” by Kathy Griffin (2016)