It was a dark and stormy night when Whitworth English professor Laura Bloxham left town.
Actually, it might have been a bright and sunny day for all we know. The fact remains that Bloxham, noted connoisseur of literature and founder of the popular Bronson Alcott Bad Prose Contest, is spending this term in Atlanta reading up on Southern writers.
There have been some pretty hard women featured in films over the years. About the hardest one recently was Kathy Bates' character in "Misery."
She so reveled in torturing James Caan that you suspected she once might have been married to him.
Though it ended up being the title of his book, the question "What Do Women Want From Men?" (Blue Dolphin Press, 224 pages, $13 paperback) actually started out as a means for New Mexico author Dan True to discover what went wrong with his marriage. He ended up asking 100 women 110 questions concerning every aspect of man-woman relations from money to sex. Examples include:
'Death and the Maiden'
Theaters: Magic Lantern and Lyons Ave.
Cast: Directed by Roman Polanski, it stars Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley and Stuart Wilson
Running time: 102 minutes
The setting of "Death and the Maiden" is a nameless South American country. But the screenwriter is Chilean, so it's easy to imagine Chile as the setting.
The film features only three characters. But since the events dramatized have occurred in reality to hundreds of thousands of people, the characters seem universal.
The story is fiction.
Spokane poet Terry Trueman, author of "Sheehan," is going to do something unusual tonight. He's going to resurrect Charles Bukowski.
Check that. He's going to become Charles Bukowski.
Bukowski died a couple of years ago at age 65. His was a lifetime of drinking hard and writing well, with several collections of poetry, short stories and novels such as "Women" and "Post Office" to show for his efforts.
For your enjoyment, here are a few of the top-rated books on tape as recommended by AudioFile magazine:
"Four Decades With Studs Terkel" (Highbridge, six hours, $25). Includes excerpts from interviewer Terkel's radio programs, 1955-1989.