John Pistelli

writer

Don’ts for Journals, Editors, and Agents

No doubt due to the creeping horrors of the slush pile—agrammatical erotica, all-caps conspiracy theories, and suchlike—every journal, editor, and agent in the literary land has published a list of … Continue reading

23 August 2015 · Leave a comment

Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Idiot

The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky My rating: 5 of 5 stars A very, very strange novel. In her review of David McDuff’s 2004 translation of The Idiot (I myself read … Continue reading

22 August 2015 · Leave a comment

Sigrid Nunez, Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag

Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag by Sigrid Nunez My rating: 4 of 5 stars I’ll admit to a prurient interest in Sontagiana. I’ve always liked Sontag—well, always is … Continue reading

16 August 2015 · Leave a comment

The Extremist in Literature

Sam Tanenhaus begins his review of Jonathan Franzen’s Purity with a long preamble based on Lionel Trilling’s 1948 prediction that fiction, having exhausted class conflict as a narrative resource, would … Continue reading

5 August 2015 · 6 Comments

Published: “An Incarnation”

Click here, if you please, for a free pdf of the first issue of the fine new journal ATOMIC: A Journal of Short Poetry, wherein my poem, “An Incarnation,” appears; … Continue reading

4 August 2015 · Leave a comment

Inio Asano, Solanin

Solanin by Inio Asano My rating: 3 of 5 stars Essentially a YA or NA (i.e. “new adult”) story of a group of friends attempting to transition from college to … Continue reading

2 August 2015 · Leave a comment

Kazuo Ishiguro, A Pale View of Hills

A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro My rating: 5 of 5 stars (Spoilers below.) It’s admittedly been quite a while since I read The Remains of the Day, … Continue reading

1 August 2015 · Leave a comment

Jun’ichirō Tanizaki, In Praise of Shadows

In Praise of Shadows by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is Japanese novelist Tanizaki’s important essay on aesthetics, one of the great twentieth-century manifestos, though that … Continue reading

31 July 2015 · Leave a comment

Rutu Modan, Exit Wounds

Exit Wounds by Rutu Modan My rating: 3 of 5 stars Exit Wounds is a bittersweet and rather misleadingly-packaged love story; it is told through serviceable but often inexpressive ligne … Continue reading

30 July 2015 · Leave a comment

E. L. Doctorow, Ragtime

Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow My rating: 3 of 5 stars (There is always the danger that when an author’s death prompts you to try their work for the first time, … Continue reading

28 July 2015 · Leave a comment
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 114 other followers