John Pistelli


Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski My rating: 3 of 5 stars “The good parts are good; he just keeps not having the good parts.” Such was the verdict … Continue reading

26 August 2016 · Leave a comment

Philip Roth, Indignation

Indignation by Philip Roth My rating: 4 of 5 stars Les extrêmes se touchent—that is the meaning of this 2008 short novel, for which I have interrupted my reading of … Continue reading

18 August 2016 · Leave a comment

Is David Mitchell the William Faulkner of the Twenty-First Century?

Clickbait title, I know (not as bad as this, thank God), but please bear with me. I think I’m onto something; call it— An Essay on Fiction and Reality, Eternity and … Continue reading

15 August 2016 · Leave a comment

William Faulkner, Light in August

Light in August by William Faulkner My rating: 5 of 5 stars Light in August, published in 1932, is Faulkner’s seventh novel and generally considered one of the major works … Continue reading

14 August 2016 · 2 Comments

Composition: Planned vs. Unplanned, Written vs. Typed

(Inspired loosely by this essay on planning vs. non-planning novelists.) I have written two and a half novels now, and my method seems to always be the same, despite my … Continue reading

5 August 2016 · 1 Comment

Longus, Daphnis and Chloe

Daphnis and Chloe by Longus My rating: 4 of 5 stars This early pastoral romance (dating from the second or third century A.D.) is both entertaining in itself and a … Continue reading

1 August 2016 · Leave a comment

Giuseppe di Lampedusa, The Leopard

The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa My rating: 5 of 5 stars Guiseppe di Lampedusa’s 1958 historical novel is best known for a line of dialogue that encapsulates its … Continue reading

29 July 2016 · Leave a comment

Published: “White Girl”

My short story, “White Girl,” which I had thought too controversial to be published even before it took on a new and ghastly relevance this summer, appears in the first … Continue reading

26 July 2016 · Leave a comment

The City’s Ours Until the Fall: Fiction on the Eve of the Age of Trump

The editors of The Point rightly enough begin their polemic on the depoliticized and sanitized state of American fiction today with the anti-Trump “Open Letter to the American People” signed … Continue reading

25 July 2016 · 3 Comments

Alexander Pushkin, Eugene Onegin

Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin My rating: 5 of 5 stars Well, this is a fun book. So fun, in fact, that I wonder why people go on about the … Continue reading

18 July 2016 · 1 Comment

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