Friday, October 06, 2006

Robert Olen Butler Reads

If you haven't yet picked up a copy of Robert Olen Butler's highly original new book, "Severance", do so immediately. In "Severance" Mr. Butler takes the concept that at our most excited state, a human being can speak at one hundred and sixty words per minute and adds to it the believe that after decapitation, the brain remains conscious for ninety seconds. "Severance", then is comprised of 62 two hundred and forty word mediations on the last thoughts of the quickly departing. Historical beheadings for both real (Mary Stuart) and make-believe (a Dragon) are just a sample of what keeps this imaginative book entertaining.

Mr.Bulter reads tonight at 7:30 pm, Black Oak Books, 1491 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley.

Robert Olen Butler
Chronicle Books


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