John Pistelli

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Greg Carpenter, The British Invasion: Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, and the Invention of the Modern Comic Book Writer

The British Invasion: Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, and the Invention of the Modern Comic Book Writer by Greg Carpenter My rating: 4 of 5 stars Sometimes, not often, … Continue reading

19 September 2016 · Leave a comment

Jorge Luis Borges, Professor Borges: A Course on English Literature

Professor Borges: A Course on English Literature by Jorge Luis Borges My rating: 4 of 5 stars This recent volume (published by New Directions, translated by Katherine Silver, and edited … Continue reading

8 September 2016 · 2 Comments

J. G. Ballard, High-Rise

High-Rise by J.G. Ballard My rating: 4 of 5 stars It’s strange when you think about it that English writing should have contributed a certain kind of adjectival author to literature. … Continue reading

6 September 2016 · 2 Comments

Allen Ginsberg, Howl and Other Poems

Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg My rating: 2 of 5 stars I read this—and I don’t think I’ve ever read this volume as a volume before, though I’ve … Continue reading

4 September 2016 · Leave a comment

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