John Pistelli

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William Shakespeare, 2 Henry IV

Henry IV, Part 2 by William Shakespeare My rating: 4 of 5 stars A strange play, even disturbing. The first part was a crowd-pleaser, full of action, comedy, and strongly … Continue reading

6 July 2015 · Leave a comment

George Steiner, The Idea of Europe

The Idea of Europe: An Essay by George Steiner My rating: 2 of 5 stars The Goodreads description calls this a “remarkable short book,” but maybe it should say “remarkably … Continue reading

5 July 2015 · Leave a comment

Don DeLillo, Running Dog

Running Dog by Don DeLillo My rating: 4 of 5 stars Guernica: Do you have any favorite genre writers or books? Don DeLillo: I don’t really read much of that. … Continue reading

1 July 2015 · Leave a comment

John Updike, Rabbit Redux

Rabbit Redux by John Updike My rating: 5 of 5 stars I will confess to wanting to like John Updike. A bias toward contrarianism—or perhaps metacontrarianism—makes me skeptical of the … Continue reading

27 June 2015 · Leave a comment

William Shakespeare, 1 Henry IV

Henry IV, Part I by William Shakespeare My rating: 5 of 5 stars In the excerpt from The Plays of William Shakespeare collected in this volume, Dr. Johnson asserts that, … Continue reading

25 June 2015 · Leave a comment

Scott McCloud, The Sculptor

The Sculptor by Scott McCloud My rating: 2 of 5 stars I won’t go on at length about The Sculptor, which disappointed me. As you’d expect from the formalist virtuoso … Continue reading

20 June 2015 · Leave a comment

Philip Roth, The Counterlife

The Counterlife by Philip Roth My rating: 4 of 5 stars I don’t care for this novel as much as the distinguished critics do: Gass pronounces it “a triumph,” Wood … Continue reading

19 June 2015 · 2 Comments

Mina Loy’s Bloomsday

This follows from an earlier suggestion of mine to celebrate Bloomsday by quoting not only Ulysses, but also the works that Ulysses made possible. One of the more interesting contemporary … Continue reading

16 June 2015 · Leave a comment

Rikki Ducornet, Netsuke

Netsuke by Rikki Ducornet My rating: 4 of 5 stars Rikki Ducornet’s Netsuke is a short novel, an impressionistic piece of eroticism, experimental and lyrical rather than realist and story-driven. … Continue reading

10 June 2015 · Leave a comment

William Shakespeare, Richard II

Richard II by William Shakespeare My rating: 4 of 5 stars It seems that most Shakespeare plays trail famous commentary from luminaries of British letters, usually Johnson or Hazlitt or … Continue reading

9 June 2015 · 1 Comment
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