John Pistelli

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John Berryman, 77 Dream Songs

77 Dream Songs: Poems by John Berryman My rating: 3 of 5 stars I have been meaning to read John Berryman for years, even before his 2014 centennial with its … Continue reading

25 March 2017 · Leave a comment

J. M. Coetzee, The Schooldays of Jesus

The Schooldays of Jesus by J.M. Coetzee My rating: 4 of 5 stars This sequel to Coetzee’s The Childhood of Jesus (2013) provides further adventures of Davíd, Simón, and Inés … Continue reading

18 March 2017 · Leave a comment

Justin Torres, We the Animals

We the Animals by Justin Torres My rating: 2 of 5 stars We the Animals is Justin Torres’s well-received 2011 debut. A short novel made up of discontinuous vignettes, it … Continue reading

16 March 2017 · Leave a comment

Virgil, The Eclogues

The Eclogues of Virgil: A Bilingual Edition by Virgil My rating: 4 of 5 stars I read this, mistakenly, because of Willa Cather; it wasn’t until I brought it all … Continue reading

14 March 2017 · 2 Comments

Valeria Luiselli, Faces in the Crowd

Faces in the Crowd by Valeria Luiselli My rating: 3 of 5 stars The honest critic must be content to find a VERY LITTLE contemporary work worth serious attention; but … Continue reading

14 March 2017 · 1 Comment

Paul Pope, 100%

100% by Paul Pope My rating: 4 of 5 stars Synthesizing romance comics with the sexy global dystopias popular since the early 1980s, this 2005 graphic novel was aptly described … Continue reading

8 March 2017 · 1 Comment

Willa Cather, My Ántonia

My Antonia by Willa Cather My rating: 4 of 5 stars Willa Cather’s 1918 novel, My Ántonia, places itself in the history of world literature about two-thirds of the way … Continue reading

6 March 2017 · 1 Comment

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