February 2, 2011
by James Camp
BHL and Houellebecq were not close when they began writing one another. It does not seem that correspondence brought them significantly closer.
January 28, 2011
by Dylan Suher
You know these characters shouldn’t get a pass for their behavior, but you don’t quite blame them for it either. They know a certain pitiless brutality to be an immutable truth of life.
January 27, 2011
She writes about moving from small town to big city, the specter of pioneer ancestors, the pathos of only children, restless mothers, crooked teeth, perverted uncles, gloomy boyfriends, and tonsillitis.
January 26, 2011
Why so much genius? Why now?
January 25, 2011
by Josh Cook
Regardless of how it’s labeled, The Poetry Lesson is a brilliant work.
January 24, 2011
McGonigal enumerates reality’s broken parts in a laundry list of suffering. In short, games will fix everything.
January 14, 2011
by Kevin Nguyen
The first thing you have to do with Tree of Codes is figure out how to read it.
January 6, 2011
Manning comes at death from the side, getting at the painful reality of the suffering through the soft lens of the television set in the background.
January 5, 2011
Since McCarthy has devoted an entire, brilliant work of criticism to the argument that we should treat the Tintin books as classics of world literature, it’s tempting to imagine C as recast by Hergé.
November 29, 2010
A novel of 238 pages cannot carry that many literary precursors without sacrificing some momentum. It’s like pinning a plethora of antique brooches onto a starlet’s chiffon slip dress — the delicate fabric will droop, distort, and even rip under the weight of the anachronistic jewels.