John Kelin does a remarkable job of chronicling the often contentious relationships between the early critics of the Warren Commission, and the cruciaJohn Kelin does a remarkable job of chronicling the often contentious relationships between the early critics of the Warren Commission, and the crucial work they performed in spite of it all. Having met a few of these "first generation" critics myself, I can testify personally to the animosity that existed between most all of them. Large egos, combative personalities, and professional jealousies combined to prevent any effective coalition from ever forming, which might have provided a more powerful opposition to the establishment media and politicians that so fiercely clung to the impossible official story.
Those reading this wonderful book should always remember that the reason why a chicken farmer, a lawyer and local politician, a small Texas publisher, a housewife, and a World Health Organization employee produced the essential research in this case, was because no professional journalist ever had the slightest desire to investigate the assassination of the President of the United States. The fact they achieved what they did, and exposed the lone assassin myth for what it was, is all the more remarkable because they were just individual citizens, working against powerful forces, with no subpoena powers and limited budgets.
"Praise From A Future Generation" is compelling history, and an obvious labor of love. Those of us who continue to research this case must never forget the debt we all owe to Mark Lane, Harold Weisberg, Sylvia Meagher, Shirley Martin, Maggie Field, Penn Jones, Jr., Thomas Buchanan, Sylvan Fox, Ray Marcus and Vincent Salandria. They, and the others that came immediately after them, are American heroes and true profiles in courage. ...more
In "Laura Warholic," Alexander Theroux has created a modern classic. He develops his characters so thoroughly, so magnificently, that the barebones plIn "Laura Warholic," Alexander Theroux has created a modern classic. He develops his characters so thoroughly, so magnificently, that the barebones plot is hardly noticeable. Theroux challenges the reader at every turn, with his deep, complex language, intensely detailed character analysis, philosophical discussions, and whirling array of cultural references. Protagonist Eugene Eyestones' columns on the history of sex are especially memorable and scintillating. Each sentence of Theroux's is meticulously crafted; "Laura Warholic" can be appreciated on the most fundamental level, for the sheer excellence of the writing.
In the title character, Laura Warholic, we have a woman without a single redeeming value; physically unattractive, lazy, irresponsible, selfish, uncaring, incompetent, annoying and devoid of monetary worth or any skills. And yet, like Eugene Eyestones, we find ourselves somehow drawn to her; fascinated by her very repulsiveness. Few characters in the history of literature have been so finely drawn, so detailed down to the smallest nuance and quirk, as Laura Warholic.
The other characters in the book, which rival any from sources as disparate as "David Copperfield" to television's "Green Acres," also amuse, enlighten and astound the reader. Minot Warholic; Laura's obstinate, ugly, vulgar, impotent, excessively proud, Jewish ex-husband, with his Yiddish asides and cynical impressions of the world. Discknickers, my second favorite, whom Theroux, in a daring bit of political incorrectness, portrays as a brilliant, basically positive fellow, in spite of his arrogant anti-semitism. Harriet Trombone, the sharp-tongued, Caucasian-hating Island girl; the only female that playboy Discknickers couldn't seduce. All of the characters are outspoken and unique in various ways, and none of them are the predictable, cardboard variety seen in typical best-sellers or on movie screens.
The highest praise one can give Laura Warholic is that it doesn't even need a plot to keep the reader engaged. Alexander Theroux is a literary craftsman unlike any other writing today; he obviously relishes constructing long, provocative sentences, sprinkling in words that rarely make it out of the dictionary. Every page provides food for the intellect. It is not an easy book, or one that can be taken to the beach for light reading. It is dark, it is depressing, it is illuminating. It is thoughtful, it is profound, and it is a mammoth achievement. The reader feels more intelligent just for having read it. I recommend it very highly to everyone....more