Troy Patterson

  • Capital Punishment

    CRUELLY LUCID, VIRTUOSIC in weighing morality with a composed sneer, Martin Amis’s fifth novel, Money: A Suicide Note (1984), stands as the first full expression of his art. His latest book, Lionel Asbo, which will be published this August, reads as Money’s thematic sequel. A portrait of an underclass thug who wins the lottery, Asbo amplifies the earlier novel’s hyperbolic farce. Amis published Money as a London resident exploring both British blight and American seediness as exemplified by the old Times Square. He publishes the new book, subtitled State of England, after settling his family

  • culture February 10, 2012

    No Hetero

    From Hanne Blank comes a chewy piece of scholarship—Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality (Beacon)—that puts a spin on the hip-hop catchphrase "no homo," explaining that there was no hetero until social science and pseudo-science invented a need in the middle of the 19th century. Anyone who's done time at a British public school or a progressive women's college can tell you that matters of sexual orientation are not strictly either/or. But this book twirls that “/” with panache, spinning a generous handful of yarns about the stories we tell ourselves about sex, love, and