Some favourite lines:
- “It is remarkable, isn’t it,” Jane observed a few miles later, “that we still exist. I mean, even more remarkable than Leonard Cohen getting the Male Vocalist of the Year Award.”
- “It makes you wonder, ” Jane mused a moment later, “I mean if the men who want to become women understood anything at all about sexism…” Spike agreed. “It’s as if they had no idea they were voluntarily becoming a member of the sexed-subordinate class.”
- “Turning something into a competition is a way to make what you’re doing seem important.” (They are discussing reality shows, like The Voice, and So You Think You Can Dance, etc.)
- “The news has to be exciting. It has to be about problems, not solutions.”
Once back in their motel room, Spike glanced at the tv, then headed for the nightstand instead.
“Hey, a book by a woman! What are the odds?”
“One in three” — Jane paused at the bathroom door—”even though publishers know very well that far more women than men read books.
‘Course,” she added, “that doesn’t really matter since women read books by men. Men don’t read books by women.”
“Must think they don’t have anything interesting to say. Go figure.”
“And,” Jane continued, “somewhere around seventy-five percent of the reviews are written by men. Oddly enough, the percentage of the books that get reviews that are written by men is also seventy-five.”
“Well that sucks.” Spike was flipping through the paperback.
A few moments later, Jane opened the door and returned to the bed she’d claimed, glancing at the book in Spike’s hand. “You know J. D. Robb is a woman? Nora Roberts?” She was surprised. Didn’t figure Spike read either one.
“I guessed. Initials.” She picked it up again and read aloud. “‘Robb is indisputably the most celebrated and beloved women’s fiction writer today.’ Women’s fiction. They ghettoize it. Practically guaranteeing that men won’t pay any attention to her.”
Jane said nothing. This was not news to her.
Unless the issues mentioned along with the passages I quoted above don’t appeal to you, I really suggest that you read this book. It serves as a good intro to the style of Jass Richards/Peg Tittle and will give you some food for thought along with an entertaining style of reading experience.
About the author: Jass Richards has an M.A. in Philosophy and used to be a stand-up comic (now she’s more of a sprawled-out-on-the-couch comic). Despite these attributes, she has received four Ontario Arts Council grants. Her website: www.jassrichards.com
A Philosopher, a Psychologist, and an Extraterrestrial Walk into a Chocolate Bar by Jass Richards
James M. Fisher is the owner and editor-in-chief of The Miramichi Reader. He began TMR in 2015, realizing that there was a genuine need for more book reviews of Canadian literature. It has since become Canada’s best-regarded source for the finest in new literary releases. James has been interviewed about TMR on CBC Radio and other media sites. James works as a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technologist and lives in Miramichi, New Brunswick with his wife Diane and their tabby cat Eddie.