Articles by Michael H. Rowe

September 14, 2011

9 Ways of Looking at a Single Paragraph 7

It was during the summer of 2009 that I first read the opening paragraph to German novelist Peter Handke’s 1970 novel, The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick. It remains the most tantalizingly confusing paragraph I’ve ever read.

July 19, 2011

Good Luck, Memory 13

How much of what we read do we actually retain? Should we care? The accidental “hap” of memory and that cherished literary principle: “remember the poop joke.”

June 17, 2011

Philip K. Dick and the Pleasures of Unquotable Prose 16

Dick’s novels feel like labor, as though they are tabulating the results of some desperate experiment.