John Pistelli

writer

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 · Leave a 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

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald My rating: 5 of 5 stars Like Moby-Dick, this is another Great American Novel I had not read since my teens, so I … Continue reading

3 January 2017 · 2 Comments

Susanna Rowson, Charlotte Temple

Charlotte Temple by Susanna Rowson My rating: 2 of 5 stars Often called America’s first bestseller, Charlotte Temple (1791) is a short didactic novel of primarily historical interest. In this, … Continue reading

31 December 2016 · Leave a comment

James Baldwin, Giovanni’s Room

Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin My rating: 3 of 5 stars James Baldwin is today so universally beloved, so piously received, that it almost comes as a relief to find … Continue reading

16 December 2016 · 4 Comments

Herman Melville, The Paradise of Bachelors and the Tartarus of Maids

The Paradise of Bachelors and The Tartarus of Maids by Herman Melville My rating: 5 of 5 stars After re-reading Moby-Dick, I decided to revisit this remarkable short story (or … Continue reading

14 December 2016 · Leave a comment