By Rick Moody
A uncooked, unflinching, convention-defying memoir of substance abuse, melancholy, and guilt
In his genre-bending memoir, Rick Moody, writer of The Ice Storm, delves into not just his personal tormenting fight with melancholy and alcoholism but additionally the pathos inherent in American society. starting together with his youth and widening his gaze to his ancestral previous, Moody elegantly information the occasions that led him to confess himself to a psychiatric hospital.
looking motives for his internal demons, Moody strains his lineage again to Joseph “Handkerchief” Moody. In early-eighteenth-century Maine, Joseph by accident killed his youth buddy and wore a handkerchief over his face for the remainder of his existence as a self-imposed punishment. His tale stirs inside Moody a force to appreciate his personal failings via a research of yankee violence from colonial instances to the 1999 bloodbath at Columbine highschool. Remarkably wide in scope and entire of Moody’s witticisms and brilliantly crafted prose, The Black Veil is a rare exploration of either own and cultural disgrace that transcends the expectancies of a memoir.
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In its own way, the house was as horsey as Jane’s, but at a higher, wealthier level: wonderful paintings of horses, including a few by George Stubbs himself, bronzes of horses from every era, shelf after shelf of gleaming polo trophies, some of them works of art in themselves. There was a pianist at the big white Steinway grand playing tunes from Cole Porter, Noel Coward, and Rogers and Hart, while the butler circulated through the room reﬁlling people’s glasses. It was all like stepping back into the 1920s.
That’s what I said to him. ” She paused. ” “Up to a point. ” I knew better than to put the blame on Black Jack. You can’t criticize the horse somebody has lent you—it just isn’t done. Jane chuckled. “Nobody’s done that in years,” she said. ” “Aye, that he did,” Thady said contentedly. “I told him that’s what happens when you get a real daredevil in the hunt ﬁeld. ” He sipped his tea, into which Jane had poured a generous shot of Irish whiskey. ” The same thought had occurred to me, which perhaps explains why I never repeated the experience.
I gave a sigh of relief as we turned off the main road into a narrower, 38 Horse People but quieter, dirt one, then, after what seemed like a long time, onto the gravel of a driveway that took us around the side of a magniﬁcent old brick mansion to a vast expanse of lawn, on which I saw two or three dozen more horses and riders, mixed in with a lot of well-dressed people on foot—for foxhunting is as much a social occasion as a sport, in which seeing who is there and being seen are perhaps more important to most people than killing a fox.
The Black Veil: A Memoir with Digressions by Rick Moody