John Pistelli

writer

W. G. Sebald, The Rings of Saturn

The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald My rating: 3 of 5 stars I do not feel as I am supposed to, as a good literary citizen should, about Sebald. … Continue reading

24 July 2015 · Leave a comment

Hergé, Tintin in the Congo

Tintin in the Congo by Hergé My rating: 2 of 5 stars I had no immediate plans to read this, but when I saw it in a library while looking … Continue reading

24 July 2015 · Leave a comment

Wole Soyinka, Death and the King’s Horseman

Death and the King’s Horseman by Wole Soyinka My rating: 5 of 5 stars As good a modern play as any I am familiar with. Soyinka brilliantly seizes on a … Continue reading

20 July 2015 · Leave a comment

William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner My rating: 5 of 5 stars The formal idea animating As I Lay Dying is more audacious than it may at first appear. … Continue reading

19 July 2015 · Leave a comment

Elizabeth Bishop, Geography III

Geography III by Elizabeth Bishop My rating: 5 of 5 stars Like so many poets, Bishop is someone I know only through anthology pieces, so I thought a whole collection … Continue reading

16 July 2015 · Leave a comment

James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin My rating: 4 of 5 stars The two essays collected in this book—both structured as letters, one to Baldwin’s nephew and one “from … Continue reading

15 July 2015 · Leave a comment

Jonathan Spence, Mao Zedong

Mao Zedong: A Penguin Life by Jonathan D. Spence My rating: 3 of 5 stars I like the old Penguin Lives series of brief biographies; they were published between 1999 … Continue reading

12 July 2015 · Leave a comment

Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams My rating: 4 of 5 stars While I would have liked The Glass Menagerie a lot better when I was 14—is “YA experimental theater” … Continue reading

11 July 2015 · Leave a comment

“They Are in the Truth” by John Pistelli

“They Are in the Truth” by John Pistelli. Please click to read my short story, “They Are in the Truth,” published in The Stockholm Review of Literature. I think it … Continue reading

10 July 2015 · Leave a comment

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
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