It is impossible to read this, William Vollmann’s 2500-page examination of the morality of violence, without reflecting on one’s own relationship to violence. And so here is a story: During my undergrad years I helped pay my tuition by working in a small mom-and-pop video store with an extensive (for our location, anyhow) pornography collection.
“‘Something Happened’ is black humor with the humor removed.” –Kurt Vonnegut I thought I liked depressing novels. And I do. But I’ve reached my limit. I will not be able to read a book more depressing than Something Happened, Joseph Heller’s second novel. If I read another book and find the emotional suffering to be