So Much to Read
"A man ought to read just as inclination leads him, for what he reads as a task will do him little good."—Samuel Johnson

23 January 2020
The Naked Truth
Leslie Morgan

She's been "boy-crazy since kindergarten," so after an ugly divorce from a husband who was never interested in her sexually her engine is revving. Not interested in getting married for the third time, she decides to "date like a man" and just enjoy sex. She sets the goal of finding five lovers in the next year; it helps that she embraces her MILF identity and is open to men in their twenties. She easily meets her goal, and declares her experiment a success. I have to admire her resilience and optimism: she had a lot of great sex, but every one of her boyfriends either ghosted her, turned out to have a girlfriend they neglected to mention, or, in the worst case, was a pathological narcissist with a mile-wide mean streak. A different writer would have made this a tragic tale. Morgan is a nimble storyteller and not shy about sharing details. On the down side, there's the usual "back on the dating scene after a long marriage" culture-shock jokes, which were always ageist and never that funny. Weirdly, she mistakes this :) or this ;) for a typo. That someone in her forties in 2016 who writes on a laptop for a living had never seen emoticons (or, as her friend calls them, "winky faces") is just impossible to believe. So what else isn't true here, what else is just phoned in?

2019 reviews

"There was so much to read, for one thing, and so much fine health to be pulled down out of the young breathgiving air... I was rather literary in college—one year I wrote a series of very solemn and obvious editorials for the Yale News—and now I was going to bring back all such things into my life and become again that most limited of all specialists, the 'well-rounded man.' This isn't just an epigram— life is much more successfully looked at from a single window, after all." —F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby