Best-selling Canadian author Arthur Black (Chip Off the Old Black, Black is the New Green) displays his roaring wit and powers of observation once again with Looking Blackwards. Jeffrey Kafer gives a deft performance that highlights the sardonic nature of these captivating tales. Looking Blackwards touches on the majestic landscape of Salt Spring Island, and also delves into subjects such as US president Jimmy Carter, in vitro meat, giant hogweed, baseball, the death of the public payphone, and personal adventures in Corsica. It is a humorous mediation upon the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of modern life.
The best-selling author of A Chip Off the Old Black, Black is the New Green, and many more is black for another round of gut-busting stories and essays. This time round, Arthur Black turns his critical eye and warped funny bone to the world beyond Salt Spring Island, lambasting the amateur ballplayer who sued because the sun was in his eyes, the craze for blood sports and our anachronistic fetish for suits and ties.
Yet, compassion is in the air too, with Black rehabilitating one of the most ineffective US presidents, Jimmy Carter, into the greatest, and finding a shred of respect for Conrad Black (no relation), British lord, newspaper mogul, and jailbird. Then there was the time Black found himself sleeping in Corsica between a woman and her husband. Needless to say, it was...complicated.