John J. Gaynard's Blog (2)


"Booze, brawls, sex and schizophrenia—such is the artist’s life in Paris, according to this raucous satire.When Patsy Burke, a world-famous Irish sculptor living in France, wakes up in his hotel with his body torn and bloody and no recollection of how it got that way, he’s not particularly surprised. A raging alcoholic given to beating up pimps in Paris dives, he’s used to blackouts and drunk tanks. Unfortunately, his latest bender has left a dead man in its wake, and Patsy’s attempt to…


Added by John J. Gaynard on November 15, 2011 at 7:42am — No Comments

The good guys in my novels are what I would have liked to have been...

Based on what I just read in Sunday's New York Times Book Review about recent Dickens' biographies, I am thinking about the incredible amount of truth contained in Dickens' unveiling of himself to Dostoyevsky when they met :

“He told me,” Dostoyevsky recalled in a letter written years later, “that all the good, simple people in his novels . . . are what he wanted to have been, and his villains were what he was (or rather,…


Added by John J. Gaynard on November 8, 2011 at 1:28am — No Comments

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