Posts Tagged ‘literary criticism’

Best reads of 2013…

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

FictionBest of the bunch, in rough chronological order: Umbrella, by Will SelfThoroughly Modern Self… Tenth of December, by George SaundersA master’s class in short fiction. A Delicate Truth, by John LeCarreHis umpteenth novel…so good. TransAtlantic, by Colum McCannSuch lovely writing. Time travel, deep links of ordinary lives. Joyland, by Stephen KingPretty good beach read. Not […]

Bozos on the fiction bus?

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

Once again, David Shields tosses a literary grenade across the table, challenging everything we think we know about fiction. (Everything we know is wrong? Are we all bozos on this bus?) A fervent provocateur for a complete re-thinking of how we write and think about books (novels mostly), Shields continues his advocacy of collage – […]

“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 […]

Best reads of 2012 – a pretty good year

Monday, December 31st, 2012

I suppose these are in a sort of order, but fear not – they’re all outstanding. And they’re not all new books, there’s a little backtracking going on here. Fiction Gods Without Men, by Hari Kunzru Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut (Why’d it take me 43 years to read it? Dunno. So it goes.) A Naked […]