Geoffrey Fox

Reflections & Inquiries

Miserable people with hard-to-forget voices


Hardcore: 3 Novels: The Kill-Off / The Nothing Man / Bad Boy by Jim Thompson My rating: 3 of 5 stars I finally got around to reading one of the short novels by the man Stephen King has called “My favorite crime novelist”, The Kill-Off. The narrative voices — a different one for each chapter … read more »

Blaming her (for turning him into a monster)


Un roman russe by Emmanuel Carrère My rating: 2 of 5 stars I bought this book in Paris because I wanted to get acquainted with this celebrated author, because I hoped to learn more about Russia, and because I wanted to improve and update my French. I did learn a lot of obscene vocabulary in … read more »



Fidel Castro just turned 90 two days ago — no longer as we remember him, ever youthful, ever vigorous. What did he have that fascinated so many of us for so long, that let him dominate Cuba and from that small base to shake the whole world? And threatening to do more than just shake … read more »

Palestine: frustrations and aspirations


The Making of a Palestinian Suicide Bomber by Mitri I Musleh My rating: 2 of 5 stars Impassioned account by a Palestinian Canadian of the frustrations facing Palestinian youth, but with little original insight or analysis. The author fills his few pages with documentation on the Israeli occupation and “how Israel mistreats the Palestinian people” … read more »

Weaving us back together


The shooting in Orlando is just one more confirmation of how badly our social fabric is torn, and of the many and desperate people there are trying to tear us further apart. While browsing in a bookstore, Le Merle Moqueur, in Paris last week, my eye was caught by this little book, which turned out … read more »