November 29th, 2012

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Lloyd Schwartz & Ralph Hamilton

Lloyd Schwartz (born November 29, 1941) is an American poet who is Frederick S. Troy Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He is also Classical Music Editor of The Boston Phoenix and a regular commentator for NPR's Fresh Air.

Lloyd Schwartz was born in Brooklyn, New York, graduated from Queens College, New York in 1962 and earned his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1976.

Schwartz's books of poetry include Cairo Traffic (University of Chicago Press, 2000) and the chapbook Greatest Hits 1973-2000 (Pudding House Press, 2003) , which were preceded by Goodnight, Gracie (1992) and These People (1981). He edited the collection Elizabeth Bishop and Her Art (University of Michigan Press, 1983). In 1990, he adapted These People for the Poets' Theatre in a production called These People: Voices for the Stage, which he also directed.

Schwartz was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 1994 for his work with The Boston Phoenix.

Schwartz served as co-editor of an edition of the collected works of Elizabeth Bishop for the Library of America, entitled Elizabeth Bishop: Poems, Prose, and Letters (2008).

Lloyd Schwartz and Ralph Hamilton, 1988, by Robert Giard

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An Unconventional Courtship by Scotty Cade

A very nice and also sweet romance, a mix of office affairs them with May/December (almost) and with a touch of Cinderfella and Silver romance… basically the author made a concoction of all my preferred “flavours”.

One thing that I noticed immediately is that Scotty Cade made sympathetic to the reader even the “villain”: Tristan is a young college student who falls in love with one of his professor, a bisexual handsome man. When I said that Justin is sympathetic I mean that he is not the cold man-heater most commonly you have as villain in a romance; Justin is simply who he is telling, a bisexual man who likes men AND women (well, he is bisexual!), the only problem is that he likes them at the same time, and Tristan doesn’t know that. In a way I don’t think his story with Justin ends badly since Tristan is a man and Justin wants to marry a woman, I simply think Justin’s fiancé is more suitable to him than young and innocent Tristan. Justin was really convinced he was having a flirt with Tristan, nothing complicated, but Tristan fell in love.

In any case that is the past, and now Tristan is Webber’s PA, and since Tristan is the same man as before, he is in love with Webber as well, and of course Webber is engaged with a wonderful and beautiful woman. Tristan is willing to not let his feelings in the middle of their work relationship, problem is that Webber is not of the same idea. His fiancé is a beard, he is in love with Tristan and he wants to come out for him. So, office affairs, sweet and tender, with just that hint of complications that makes it realistic, but nothing that is really opposing to their love. May/December since Tristan is 26 years old and Webber 45, and that makes him also “Silver” (and indeed he has silver streaks on his hair, even more handsome I should say (ps have I tell you I have a crush on Pierce Brosnan? did you see that cover?)); the age difference doesn’t really interfere in their relationship, and actually, it’s Tristan who seems to have the upper hand during intimacy, Webber is probably a very clever businessman, but I have the feeling that he prefers to not being the boss in his private life. And in the end Cinderfella, since Webber is a multimillionaire who sweeps away Tristan and brings him on a private Caribbean island and woos him with sunsets and champagne…

If I have to find a fault, is that, the only obstacle to their love, that related to the office romance, is wrapped up really quickly, almost like it was non-existent… but maybe that was not really important to the romance.

Amazon: An Unconventional Courtship
Amazon Kindle: An Unconventional Courtship
Paperback: 236 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 12, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623800226
ISBN-13: 978-1623800222

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