Russell E. Saltzman on the calamity of death :
I remember Melisas mother grappling with her daughters death. There isnt anyone who doesnt try to make sense of death. We try to make sense of everything. We do not like not knowing, as if motivations, circumstances, some little sense of the casualties will help us scale the ever-elusive summit of closure. Some things make no sense and never will, not even after all the explanations have been made, as if anything in this life can close the gash of death.
Also today, Franklin Freeman reviews Martin Amiss Lionel Asbo: State of England :
I havent enjoyed a novel by Martin Amis so much since his 1995 work The Information . His newest book, Lionel Asbo: State of England , is as darkly comic as its predecessor with a similarly Odyssey-like plot. The protagonist has committed a crimethough in the case of the writer in The Information his crime was an ambiguously attempted infidelity and in Lionel Asbo , it is a real crime, or at least the breaking of a tabooand then has to attempt to redeem himself.