Overlook author of BEAUTIFUL FOOLS @rcliftonspargo will be teaching a new creative writing course How Writers Write Fiction with the International Writing Program, starting September 26th through November 21st!
To register head on over to http://courses.writinguniversity.org/course/how-writers-write-fiction.
Briefly Noted Book Reviews (September 15, 2014)
The Roman Guide to Slave Management, by Jerry Toner (Overlook). To convey in fine detail the attitudes of a society in which owning a slave was “a simple fact of social life,” Toner, a classicist, comes up with an ingenious device. He creates Marcus Sidonius Falx, an ancient-Roman nobleman and the imagined author of a treatise on how to buy, breed, and train a slave. Falx’s text, illuminated by Toner’s commentary, is by turns charming, haughty, and brutal. “A lot of slaves are nowhere near as dim-witted as they make out to be,” Falx writes. He mixes philosophical musings on the morality of slave-owning with practical tidbits: if your slaves are of various nationalities, we learn, it’s harder for them to conspire against you.