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Alex Gilvarry's Novel From the Memoirs of a Non-enemy Combatant

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Alex Gilvarry discusses his debut novel, From the Memoirs of a Non-enemy Combatant, a story in which high fashion and homeland security clash. A flamboyant fashion designer named Boyet unexpectedly winds up in Gitmo, locked away indefinitely on suspicion of being linked to a terrorist plot.

Guests:

Alex Gilvarry

Comments [4]

radiohead from New York City

John from Office: I have read Gilvarry's novel. It's very good, and funny, and sad. And I'm afraid it's clear that you haven't. Incidentally, the narrator/prisoner-in-the-novel is not gay (although I'm not really sure why that even matters - why did you bring this up exactly?). In fact, the entire point of the novel is to honor the tragedy and ensuing problems caused by 9/11. And in the end, the laughs are there just to help the reader though a very sad story. I'm afraid your response - since, again, you clearly have not read the book - comes across as profoundly un-American. Shouldn't we actually know another person's story before judging them? And this is the very problem the book is about. I'm sure that's not what you meant to do, is it?

Jan. 24 2012 11:05 PM
JP from Brooklyn, NY

Seems like a pretty extreme reaction without having read the book. Lots of great books have been written about horrific subjects in a humorous tone. Catch-22 and Slaughterhouse Five come to mind. Did you also object to those? And when did anybody mention that the character was gay? I think you imagined that.

Jan. 24 2012 02:47 PM
john from office

Maybe we can later do a book about a fashion hero arriving at a camp during the holocaust, and we can have a laughs on that issue. As a witness to 911 and the dead, this interview and book is offensive. Let have a few more laughs.

Jan. 24 2012 01:28 PM
john from office

The attack of 911 is now reduced to a vehicle of a giggling author to push the Gay agenda. How heroic, how wonderful. Wow a gay prisoner, how heroic, maybe we can laugh about the bodies falling too. ??

Jan. 24 2012 01:21 PM

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