Question for the day: If your friends publish their memoirs, does that mean you’re getting old?
I don’t know the answer to that. But if you haven’t seen the October issue of Our State magazine already, be sure to check out my review of Little Boy Blues: A Memoir, by my old (but not quite as old as I) friend Malcolm Jones, a critic for Newsweek since 1989. The book was published by Pantheon Books earlier in the year. It’s a delight to read. Malcolm is a fine, thoughtful writer who examines his difficult childhood with uncommon honesty and grace. In the process, he also gives us some insightful, evocative glimpses of Winston-Salem in the 1950s and ’60s.
I wrote a longer review/personal column about Malcolm and his book for the Winston-Salem Journal a few months ago.
Our State (subtitle: Down Home in North Carolina) has a good books section every month, focusing on North Carolina books and authors.