…temporary loot. still, feels a bit piratey to walk in and come out with such a large bag o' booty
one, the mammoth biography of James Joyce by Richard Ellmann is a renewal. twenty-eight days is nowhere close to enough to tackle the beast. yet it is beautifully written and not at all boring.
All in my Head is Paula Kamen's personal struggle with the blinding headache that came one day twenty-four years ago and stayed. as a sociologist and feminist, Kamen interleaves her personal story with a discussion of chronic pain, of the inability of the medical establishment to treat (don't even consider cure) acute and/or chronic panic. she also touches on the gender differences in pain assessment and treatment: women are much more likely than men to be told that "its all in your head" and to "learn to relax". women are also much more likely to be given sedatives and/or tranquilizers rather than painkillers.
as a chronic pain sufferer (not headaches), I'm hoping to get some insight on how to cope with my personal hell.
The Family by Jelff Sharlet purports to be an inside look at a secret brotherhood several of whose members hold high positions in the federal and state governments: "The Family" has recently received much unwanted interest since two of its members, John Ensign, Sen. Nevada (R) and Mark Sanford, Gov. S. Carolina (R) have become entangled in extra-marital affairs.
for being such a maligned and stereotyped region of the country, Appalachia is barely known; A History of Appalachia attempts to bring together the many fragments to come up with a coherent history of the region.
Payback is a slim essay by Margaret Atwood. I'm interested in how a literateur like Atwood can tackle the subjects of debt and wealth.