John Pistelli

writer

A Note on Blade Runner 2049

[I posted this to Tumblr a few days ago and didn’t post it here because it doesn’t quite meet the more essay-like standards I’d prefer to maintain on this site. … Continue reading

17 October 2017 · Leave a comment

Philip Roth, The Ghost Writer

The Ghost Writer by Philip Roth My rating: 5 of 5 stars The Ghost Writer is the good Roth, the safe Roth, wholesome enough to give to children and kittens … Continue reading

11 October 2017 · Leave a comment

Kazuo Ishiguro, Nobel Laureate: Notes Toward an Introduction

Last night I dreamed I woke up this morning to find that the Nobel Prize in Literature had been awarded to a little-known English poet named Thomas Plum. I’d never … Continue reading

5 October 2017 · Leave a comment

Richard E. Kim, The Martyred

The Martyred by Richard E. Kim My rating: 4 of 5 stars Richard E. Kim’s The Martyred was published to great sales and acclaim in 1964. It dominated the bestseller … Continue reading

2 October 2017 · Leave a comment

Elizabeth Hardwick, Herman Melville

Herman Melville by Elizabeth Hardwick My rating: 4 of 5 stars A review with, or in, digressions: Elizabeth Hardwick, who died a decade ago at 91, is having a literary … Continue reading

24 September 2017 · Leave a comment

Herman Melville, Benito Cereno

Melville’s Short Novels: Authoritative Texts, Contexts, Criticism by Herman Melville My rating: 5 of 5 stars Benito Cereno is one of the post-Pierre short works of the 1850s by which Melville … Continue reading

22 September 2017 · Leave a comment

Nella Larsen, Quicksand

Quicksand by Nella Larsen My rating: 5 of 5 stars This rigorously ironic 1928 novel of the Harlem Renaissance (its author’s first) has itself, in its afterlife, succumbed to an … Continue reading

16 September 2017 · Leave a comment

Back to School: Literature and Life

Older generations of writers who had come up through the ranks of journalism (and who had often been to war) used to complain about the academic colonization of literature, particularly … Continue reading

5 September 2017 · Leave a comment

N. J. Campbell, Found Audio

Found Audio by N.J. Campbell My rating: 4 of 5 stars “Who is the Biblioteca Nacional de Investigación de Buenos Aires?” I can tell you without in any way spoiling … Continue reading

2 September 2017 · Leave a comment

Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow

Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon My rating: 4 of 5 stars Moby-Dick—an epic, mock-epic, and Great American Novel—is supposed to be a difficult book, and it is. Its gigantism burst … Continue reading

29 August 2017 · Leave a comment