John Pistelli

writer

William Shakespeare, King Lear

King Lear by William Shakespeare My rating: 5 of 5 stars What is King Lear about? “[T]he fierce dispute, / Betwixt damnation and impassion’d clay,” wrote Keats, but both terms … Continue reading

18 February 2017 · 1 Comment

J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur, Letters from an American Farmer

Letters from an American Farmer by J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur My rating: 5 of 5 stars It might sound odd to call such a ubiquitous text underrated, but … Continue reading

14 February 2017 · Leave a comment

Don DeLillo, Falling Man

Falling Man by Don DeLillo My rating: 4 of 5 stars I have avoided Falling Man for a decade because a novel about 9/11 by Don DeLillo seemed so literal—every … Continue reading

9 February 2017 · Leave a comment

D. M. Thomas, The White Hotel

The White Hotel by D.M. Thomas My rating: 5 of 5 stars But he would have us remember most of all To be enthusiastic over the night Not only for … Continue reading

25 January 2017 · Leave a comment

Alejandro Jodorowsky and Moebius, The Incal

The Incal by Alejandro Jodorowsky and Moebius My rating: 4 of 5 stars This classic 1980s science fiction graphic novel is the tale of John DiFool (i.e., the fool of … Continue reading

22 January 2017 · Leave a comment

Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler My rating: 3 of 5 stars “They pay brisk money for this crap?” Raymond Chandler asked of the science fiction genre. His rhetorical question … Continue reading

16 January 2017 · 1 Comment

Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick My rating: 3 of 5 stars The way literary people talk about empathy nowadays, you would think it was an … Continue reading

13 January 2017 · Leave a comment

Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon My rating: 2 of 5 stars The original jacket copy compared The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay to American … Continue reading

10 January 2017 · 1 Comment

Henrik Ibsen, The Master Builder

The Master Builder by Henrik Ibsen My rating: 5 of 5 stars In my understanding of Ibsen’s career, The Master Builder (1892) belongs to the end of his realist period, … Continue reading

5 January 2017 · Leave a comment

August Wilson, Fences

Fences by August Wilson My rating: 4 of 5 stars I know I said that I would read August Wilson’s Century Cycle in their chronological order, but everyone is talking … Continue reading

4 January 2017 · 2 Comments