John Pistelli

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Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens My rating: 4 of 5 stars [Spoilers below.] I wanted to revisit Dickens after reading Jeanette Winterson’s Art Objects. Like other British critics who want … Continue reading

8 February 2016 · Leave a comment

George A. Walker, ed., Graphic Witness: Four Wordless Graphic Novels

Graphic Witness: Four Wordless Graphic Novels by George A. Walker My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book, edited by George A. Walker, collects four wordless novels or picture novels … Continue reading

27 January 2016 · Leave a comment

Tom Stoppard, Arcadia

Arcadia by Tom Stoppard My rating: 4 of 5 stars Find me a dead cloud and a sharp piece of science I want to see the skeleton of weather And … Continue reading

17 January 2016 · Leave a comment

August Wilson, Gem of the Ocean

Gem of the Ocean by August Wilson My rating: 5 of 5 stars It is perhaps an open question as to the order in which one should read August Wilson’s … Continue reading

15 January 2016 · 1 Comment

Jeanette Winterson, Art Objects

Art Objects: Essays on Ecstasy and Effrontery by Jeanette Winterson My rating: 4 of 5 stars I read this collection of essays concurrently with Winterson’s novel, Art and Lies, and … Continue reading

13 January 2016 · 1 Comment

Jeanette Winterson, Art and Lies

Art and Lies by Jeanette Winterson My rating: 4 of 5 stars [Spoilers, disturbing ones at that, toward the end of this review.] My first encounter with Jeanette Winterson went … Continue reading

12 January 2016 · 1 Comment

T. S. Eliot, Murder in the Cathedral

Murder in the Cathedral by T.S. Eliot My rating: 5 of 5 stars I should not like to close without attempting to set before you, though only in dim outline, … Continue reading

7 January 2016 · Leave a comment

Nick Sousanis, Unflattening

Unflattening by Nick Sousanis My rating: 2 of 5 stars The pseudo-poet who writes his thesis in poetry is a pitiful writer (and probably a bad poet). From Dante to … Continue reading

6 January 2016 · Leave a comment

Fyodor Dostoevsky, A Gentle Creature and Other Stories

A Gentle Creature and Other Stories by Fyodor Dostoyevsky My rating: 4 of 5 stars This little book, translated by Alan Myers, collects three of Dostoevsky’s short works on the … Continue reading

5 January 2016 · Leave a comment

W. G. Sebald, After Nature

After Nature by W.G. Sebald My rating: 4 of 5 stars Given my mild ambivalence about Sebald, I thought I would make this small book, the author’s first, my next … Continue reading

1 January 2016 · 4 Comments
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