Day: September 15, 2015

“Fear of Dying” by Erica Jong

“Fear of Dying” by Erica Jong c.2015, St. Martin’s Press $26.99 / $31.50 Canada 288 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER It’s the natural order of things. People have kids, then they grow old as those kids grow up to have kids, then they grow old as their kids grow up to, well, you know how it goes. That’s the way things should be, but knowing that doesn’t make it any easier to face mortality – yours, or your parents’. And in the new book “Fear of Dying” by Erica Jong, reaching for an anti-aging cure doesn’t work, either. Married more times than she’d admit and of an unspoken age (60 years old. Whoops, there it is), Vanessa Wonderman has finally found some sort of semi-Zen. She’s about to be a first-time grandmother, which thrills her; and her husband, Asher, who is quite a bit older and quite a bit rich, adores her. Life is much better than it was four decades ago, but Vanessa is still restless. That her parents are dying might be part of the problem. Once upon a time, they were Hollywood royalty and everybody wanted to be in their circle. Vanessa remembers when their home was filled with sophistication and rowdiness, when she and her sisters sneaked champagne and watched the fun from their perch on the staircase. Then came Hollywood ’s Red Scare,...

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Man injured in mystery incident

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Police are trying to determine what happened in an incident that left a Keizer man seriously injured. Patrol units with the Keizer Police Department responded to a report of an unconscious male lying in the roadway on the 900 block of Ventura Avenue North at around 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5. The male was later identified as 32-year-old Thomas O. Modine, who resides on that street. “The complainant reported the subject was unconscious and had obviously been injured,” said Jeff Kuhns, deputy police chief with the KPD. Modine was taken to Salem Hospital with life-threatening injuries and remained hospitalized as of Tuesday. Investigators stayed at the scene well into the night and early morning. “Investigators learned Mr. Modine had sustained his injuries as a result of an incident involving a motor vehicle,” Kuhns said. The road was closed as KPD officers and members of the Oregon State Police CRASH team worked to reconstruct the scene. The involved vehicle was a 1950 Chevrolet pick-up with a distinctive color scheme. “The preliminary investigation leads the investigators to believe Mr. Modine was a passenger in the vehicle when the incident occurred,” Kuhns said. “Exactly what and how the incident occurred is what investigators are focusing on.” Kuhns said the driver of the truck has been interviewed, but no arrests or charges have been announced yet. “The...

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