Articles by Mark O'Connell

July 25, 2011

Edouard Levé’s ‘Suicide’ and Edouard Levé’s Suicide 4

To write a book about a suicide, to call it Suicide, and to then take your own life before its publication is, whatever else it is, a way of exerting an overpowering influence over how that work is received.

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 109

…and some other observations of doubtful critical merit.