Though I decided long ago to maintain some degree of skepticism where any historian is concerned, I enjoy and trust Paul Johnson above the rest.
“I Can’t Breathe” is the name of the first story I ever read by Ring Lardner. It concerns a well-to-do 18-year-old girl who is infatuated, off and on, with several boys.
In a 1974 movie called The Yakuza, it is claimed that the Japanese do not believe in a heaven or hell.
From 1942 to 1945, James Fahey served on board the USS Montpelier, and recorded his experiences in a diary.
“Naked Lunch” was the first thing I read by any of the beat writers.
I read the introduction to “A Memoir of Mary Ann” years before I read the book itself.
I first stumbled across the name of Henry Miller, the libertine, while reading a book about Thomas Merton…
Call it getting old (or “phony”) but I’m not the fan I once was of “The Catcher in the Rye”.