Seven stories and seven essays comprise Firans fourth prose collection in English.
I can sympathize with peoples pains, but not with their pleasure, said Aldous Huxley, author of the 1932 novel, Brave New World. There is something curiously boring about somebody elses happiness.
Several months ago, Robin Black was featured in the New York Times Magazines Lives column, relating her brush with reality TV. The extremely disheveled outward appearance of her house made it a candidate for a show she jokingly calls Your Neighbors Must Really Hate You.
Despite the promise of its title, insensitive bastards do not reign in Robert Boswells latest collection of stories.
Alain de Botton would be a great guy to sit next to on a bus, get stuck with in an elevator, turn out to be your long lost brother. In his books, anyway, he seems to move through the world with just the right amounts of enthusiasm and irony, self-deprecation and show-offiness, sincerity and sport.