John Pistelli

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Charles Johnson, Middle Passage

Middle Passage by Charles Johnson My rating: 4 of 5 stars Middle Passage begins with an audacious sentence, “Of all the things that drive men to sea, the most common … Continue reading

24 May 2016 · Leave a comment

Flannery O’Connor, Wise Blood

Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor My rating: 4 of 5 stars It’s considered an absolute necessity these days for writers to have compassion. Compassion is a word that sounds good … Continue reading

17 May 2016 · 1 Comment

Don DeLillo, Zero K

Zero K by Don DeLillo My rating: 3 of 5 stars   As Christian Lorentzen reminds us, The late John Leonard identified “at least three DeLillos”: the “Poster Boy” of … Continue reading

12 May 2016 · Leave a comment

Marie NDiaye, All My Friends

All My Friends by Marie NDiaye My rating: 5 of 5 stars [With Marie NDiaye’s Ladivine all the rage and some claiming that the French author is about to have … Continue reading

4 May 2016 · Leave a comment

Philip Roth, American Pastoral

American Pastoral by Philip Roth My rating: 5 of 5 stars American Pastoral is a novel whose motto is famously the following, its narrator’s exclamation just before he learns that … Continue reading

2 May 2016 · 1 Comment

Nathanael West, Miss Lonelyhearts and The Day of the Locust

Miss Lonelyhearts / The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West My rating: 5 of 5 stars Nathanael West’s 1933 novella, Miss Lonelyhearts, has passionate defenders. Harold Bloom declares it … Continue reading

27 April 2016 · Leave a comment

William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens

The Life of Timon of Athens by William Shakespeare My rating: 4 of 5 stars [For Shakespeare’s birth/death day. Also a good day to revisit my essay on Shakespeare’s detractors … Continue reading

23 April 2016 · Leave a comment

Peter Milligan and Duncan Fegredo, Enigma

Enigma by Peter Milligan My rating: 4 of 5 stars A cult classic, Enigma was originally published as an eight-issue miniseries in 1993 as part of the kick-off of DC’s … Continue reading

20 April 2016 · Leave a comment

Cynthia Ozick, The Shawl

The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick My rating: 5 of 5 stars Perhaps Cynthia Ozick’s most famous book, this 1989 collection of two linked short stories about the Holocaust and its … Continue reading

18 April 2016 · Leave a comment

Adrian Tomine, Killing and Dying: Stories

Killing and Dying: Stories by Adrian Tomine My rating: 2 of 5 stars In my previous post, I quoted Miguel Rosa, who used to blog at St. Oberose; he was … Continue reading

17 April 2016 · Leave a comment
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