Articles by Mark O'Connell

June 28, 2011

Working on John Banville: My Awkward Relationship with My Subject 15

“You must absolutely despise me,” Banville said. I told him—truthfully—that I had somehow managed not to.

June 15, 2011

On Not Going Out of the House: Thoughts About Plotlessness 14

If life keeps “flowing, always flowing, smashing everything” as it rushes toward the ocean of death, the desire to scramble for the bank and sit the whole thing out on dry land is understandable.

May 16, 2011

The Stockholm Syndrome Theory of Long Novels 107

…and some other observations of doubtful critical merit.