Archive for the ‘Random Notes’ Category

“You got eyes…”

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Mania By Ronald K. L. Collins & David M. Skover Top Five Books (This review was originally published in The Washington Review of Books on May 20, 2013) Poet Kenneth Rexroth wrote in 1957, after the vanguard of the Beat Generation (Allen Ginsberg’s Howl and Jack Kerouac’s On the Road) had ignited angel-headed hipsters from coast to coast, “What will happen […]

How high the Moon…

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

The Fun Stuffby James Wood,340 pages James Wood is one of my favorite critics, The New Yorker, et al. My copy of How Fiction Works from a few years back is beat up and dog-eared. Wonderful.  The opening essay in his fine new collection of pieces about grand writers from Thomas Hardy, Tolstoy, Cormac McCarthy to the […]

Pepperland, Side 1, track 1…

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

Pepperland has 9 “sides”, like, you know, vinyl. We used to call ‘em records. Anyway, each side has “tracks” or episodes. Each Side has a musical theme that, in some way, expresses the feel of what’s going on. Side 1 is the Beach Boys’ Wouldn’t It Be Nice. Two smart, idealistic young people 1970 – Pepper […]

Entropy at work…

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Pynchon in Public Day 2012 is tomorrow…May 8.  A screaming will come across the tweeter…

Broken shards of a cliff dweller

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Re: Mr. Sammler’s Planet, by Saul Bellow. Mr. Sammler is homeless.  While New York is the ideal and only place for this novel—it is the heart of Jewish America, then and now—he belongs nowhere.  He is still European in aspect and outlook, troubled by the callow youth of the day and his own money-grubbing progeny: […]