interesting week in reading for me, i read the first and latest book by one my favorite authors. i have now read all of jonathan ames books. they were different yet similar experiences.
the double life is twice as good is his latest book, its a collection of articles, essays and fiction. good book, not his best collection, but that’s what you get from a collection. i would hesitate to recommend it, but i would tell you it’s not his best work.
i pass like night was his first book. it tells the same tale that all his novels tells, a (somewhat) lost adult male has trouble with alcohol and figuring out his sexuality while trying to be a gentleman about town. i’ve criticized him before for recycling the storyline, but he is skilled at skewing it and making seem like different chapters of the same story. this being his first novel, he did a little experimenting with a non-linear story line. for me, that format didn’t work. having read his other books already, it didn’t seem right. he has an unstable style, it just works better in the linear format. i enjoyed this book mainly because it reminded me of his other better books.