John Pistelli

writer

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

Han Kang, The Vegetarian

The Vegetarian by Han Kang My rating: 2 of 5 stars But I fear something more insidious than traditional stupidity turns mediocrities like Knausgård into modern Prousts. I believe these … Continue reading

16 April 2016 · 1 Comment

Art Spiegelman, Maus

The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman My rating: 5 of 5 stars Our life happens to be such that a child, as soon as it can run about a little … Continue reading

12 April 2016 · Leave a comment

Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain

The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann My rating: 5 of 5 stars I would love to write 1000 or 2000 words in dismayed praise of The Magic Mountain, this magisterial … Continue reading

4 April 2016 · 4 Comments

Published: “Death’s Door; Or, European Cinema”

Please click here to read my new poem in the debut issue of Muse / A Journal.

30 March 2016 · 1 Comment

David Markson, Vanishing Point

Vanishing Point by David Markson My rating: 4 of 5 stars Well, someday I will get around to the author’s masterpiece, Wittgenstein’s Mistress—as well as to those other books that … Continue reading

24 March 2016 · Leave a comment
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