Articles by John Williams

December 3, 2011

A Year in Reading: John Williams (The Second Pass) 4

It’s about gambling, drinking, prison, and an unlikely but believably rendered relationship between two unlucky men. It’s a hard-boiled existentialist novel, and ultimately unlike any other I’ve read.

December 11, 2010

A Year in Reading: John Williams 2

It was mostly a year of some pleasant foothills in my reading life, and just one great peak.

December 19, 2009

A Year in Reading: John Williams (The Second Pass) 1

Starring semi-rural characters down on their luck in places from Illinois to the outskirts of Nashville, these eight stories contain both humor and compassion about people and an appreciation for nature that is never heavy-handed.

September 21, 2009

#20: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson 0

The book’s modest, carefully planed language and its concern with primary human needs make it timeless.