Local Boy Gets Reviewed

Thanks to the miracle of the World Wide Interweb, I just discovered that I got reviewed in the in the San Diego Union Tribune last Sunday. Huzzah! I only wish that I had made it clearer in the book that the Shania Twain hip-thrusts did in fact take place at an elementary school talent show.


  1. “Besides, I know a lot of Shania Twain fans who have turned out just fine (and they wouldn’t dare thrust their hips in public).”

    Ah, but you were only discussing the fans of the grade school variety who ARE thrusting their hips in public, right. That (kind) don’t impress me much.

  2. Matthew Lickona says

    To quote Pogo: Pre-zackly. Thanks for the careful reading. I was very grateful, however, that the reviewer used so many actual quotes from the book. That, to me, is a sign of fair-mindedness – letting (making) the book speak for itself.

  3. Jim Cork says

    Found you via the Godspy interview. You know you’re on the right track when you start hearing stuff like “devoutly orthodox,” “rigid,” “fundamentalist,” and my personal favorite, “reactionary.” (Reactionary Papist–now that would be a great name for a blog!) Haven’t read your book yet, but I asked my wife to pick it up for me for Father’s Day. I’m looking forward to reading it.

  4. Matthew Lickona says

    Thanks; hope you enjoy it!
    Thing is, I don’t feel rigid or reactionary. Ah, well. I’m grateful for the review.

  5. I think we need to be careful about listening to some people outside the Faith describe how close to the Faith we are. I know some words like “reactionary and rigid” may appear as a shibboleth of sorts to Catholics, but I heard a report by Cavuto on Fox and he described the political figure of NJ or NH (Levingrath or something similar or far off) as a “staunch Catholic”. I was walking my 10 week old little girl and those words caught my hear and so I was forced to stop and listen to the history lesson of how the Church once taught that organ donation was bad and so will shortly make embryonic stem cell research a societal virtue. I was like “where went the staunchness…” I know Matthew L. made reference in his book to basically assuming the best of others (I think that was in your book) but Cavuto put him on the spot and said the Church teaches differently and asked for his response, so we all got the Church history lesson. Ummm, yea, we are waiting for the Church to make “throwing away” people in the garbage so that a person can have one child of the six or so that they conceived into a good action worthy of crowndom from the culture of death. I hope and pray that this govenrment official has a wake-up call to his Faith that so many have given their life.

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