Texas is the backdrop for this remarkable collection of short stories, which portray characters including drug addicts, out of work actors and a porn movie director, all trapped in barren existences and haunted by memories of their past. The tales, operating on the margins of a degenerate society, are dark and unmitigating, and just brimming with suburban savagery. Lara Turner Slept Here tells of a woman’s fruitless search for a brother who disappeared from an amusement park in LA when they were teenagers, only to reinvent himself as a notorious drag queen, Cunt A Kinte; The Cheerleader’s Kiss showcases a failing screenwriter, Jed, who scrapes a living by plagiarism. When his wife Mia leaves him, he is forced to address his latent feelings for his gay best friend, Carter. Levinson’s delivers his stories with punch and intensity, and this swift style goes a fair way to explaining their immediate popularity. Sure, it feels like the kind of writing that ought to command praise and evoke interest, yet time and time again Levinson misses the mark and leaves us searching desperately for non-existent depths of profundity. Levinson’s intention is to trigger misunderstanding and a sense that his tales defy comprehension by any “outsider”. To alienate the reader in such a way is ill-advised at the best of times but any slim chance of success is undermined by poor prose; at times, Levinson’s syntax itself, let alone his stories, demand of the reader a vivid imagination. We encounter such pretensions as “crepuscular dark” and sentences like “Damon thought suddenly of Suzanne and how he’d expressed to her his concerns about growing into his father” are all too prevalent and should never have been allowed into print. The title story, in which friends seek help from a group called “How to write your way out of hysteria” is easily the best of a shoddy bunch, carrying with it more than a suggestion of the author’s own solace amongst words, but doesn’t quite redeem the general lack of clarity and resonance. Levinson’s first work ultimately falls by its own hand, as its surfeit of detail and melodrama undermine a manful attempt to address hidden aspects of society.ARCHIVE: 5th week TT 2004
Students across four grade levels, from ninth to twelfth grade, were recognized. VESTAL (WBNG) — More than two dozen students at Vestal High School gathered Wednesday morning for a recognition breakfast. “We have so many great things going on here at Vestal academically, but this is a morning where we get to recognize some unique gifts and talents, efforts that they make in the classroom, efforts that they make with their teachers. So it’s a really special morning for all of us,” said event coordinator and teacher Paige Gales. “It’s definitely an honor to be recognized. There’s not that many students in the school. You have to think there’s about 500 students in the school and only about 30 of them in that room. So it’s definitely an honor,” said junior Todd DeGroat. For example, these students have characteristics like displaying care for others, having a positive attitude, and being responsible. Teachers and staff at the high school nominated the students for achievement inside the classroom, but outside of academics.
SPURS tossed away a two-goal lead as they came Acropolis in Athens.Harry Kane fired the North Londoners ahead against the run of play with a 26th minute penalty.9 Mathieu Valbuena leads ecstatic celebrations following his equaliser for Olympiakos after they trailed 2-0Credit: Reuters9 Harry Kane clashes with Olympiakos’ Tunisia defender Yassine MeriahCredit: Getty Images – Getty9 Brazilian Lucas Moura celebrates after making it 2-0 on the half-hourCredit: AP:Associated PressLast season’s semi-final hat-trick hero Lucas Moura added another four minutes later with a sizzling shot from outside of the area as Tottenham looked in total control.But Daniel Podence pulled a goal back for Olympiakos in the 44th minute.And after VAR had confirmed the assistant ref was right to rule out a Dele Alii ‘goal’ for offside, the Mathieu Valbuena made it 2-2 with the second spot kick of the night after he had been fouled by Vertonghen.Alli and sub Erik Lamela both had shots saved by hosts’ keeper Jose Sa late on as Spurs went in search of a winner.WEDNESDAY’S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE RESULTSGroup AClub Brugge 0 – 0 GalatasarayParis Saint Germain 3 – 0 Real MadridGroup BOlympiakos 2 – 2 TottenhamBayern Munich 3 – 0 Red Star BelgradeGroup CDinamo Zagreb 4 – 0 AtalantaShakhtar Donetsk 0 – 3 Man CityGroup DAtletico Madrid 2 – 2 JuventusBayer Leverkusen 1 – 2 Lokomotiv MoscowFIVE CHANGESAnd while Olympiakos are now unbeaten in 19 matches in all competitions since February, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino and his players will be disappointed to have thrown away a two-goal lead just like they did at Arsenal earlier this month.Pochettino made five changes to the starting line-up from Saturday’s 4-0 win at home to Crystal Palace, with seven of those who started in Madrid keeping their places.They included Christian Eriksen, who arguably had one of his poorest performances in a Spurs shot.Kane’s strike was his 15th Champions League goal in just 20 appearances.It may not have been enough to have earned his team a win but with one point they at least have the same number as they did from their opening three group matches last season.9 Lucas Moura doubled the Tottenham lead with a thumping finish into the cornerCredit: Reuters9 Harry Kane salutes his 26th minute spot-kick opener in GreeceCredit: Reuters9 England skipper Harry Kane fires Spurs in front from the penalty spot with the first of their two goals in four minutesCredit: ReutersACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneMORE SPURS STORIESHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this year9 Spurs htman Harry Kane tumbles to earn the penalty he himself scored midway in the first halfCredit: Reuters9 Mathieu Valbuena fires Olympiacos level from the penalty spot on 54 minutesCredit: AP:Associated Press9 Mathieu Valbuena watches as his spot-kick equaliser flies inCredit: Reuters