This week Jesse Kornbluth is revisiting some of the culture that influenced him as I wrote “Married Sex.” Perhaps the greatest was Somerset Maugham, who was, for a time, the world’s highest paid writer. There was a good reason: He wrote in the first person, like someone talking to a friend. In “Cakes and Ale,” Maugham not only does that, he doesn’t condemn a woman for liking sex. Three cheers for all of that.
View image | gettyimages.com Jesse Kornbluth on one of the world’s first funny-men. ______ Did you know there were stand-up comedians in India in the 1400s? Me neither — until I read Kabir. Why? Because Kabir was playing the greatest comic role of all — God’s own fool. Sacrilege! Why, this is one of India’s […]
Jesse Kornbluth reviews a book with strong character development and excellent prose, set in horizons of Paris, France.
Jesse Kornbluth considers Harper Lee’s new book “Go Set a Watchman”, and interprets new meanings from “To Kill A Mockingbird.”
Jesse Kornbluth urges you to check out Phillip Roth’s first book about self discovery and summer love.
Summer has begun and Jesse Kornbluth has a few suggestions for you that are not your average beach reading.
Jesse Kornbluth reviews a book about food, family, and Morris Wizenberg’s father.
The Marriage Book: Centuries of Advice, Inspiration, and Cautionary Tales from Adam and Eve to Zoloft
Jesse Kornbluth reviews a book on marriage that covers it all.
Vigilantes? Maybe. But the Four Just Men are civilized. They even tell their targets the date they’re going to die.
He Gentles Horses. He Can Transform Your Kids—And Yourself
We may not always been impressed, but when we are, we take it as far as it can go.
What speaks to a boy more than sports? A book about sports, of course.
Jesse Kornbluth interviews the author of a book centering around an unspoken phenomenon of the Upper East Side: a “wife bonus”.
People inspire us, even when we are still learning about their past.
When George Hodgman was a boy, he and his mother ended the day holding hands and praying. Not just for themselves, but for all the people in their tiny Missouri town.
One of the greatest spy novels of our lifetime, and no, it’s not James Bond.