Thomas Mann, Doctor Faustus

Doctor Faustus by Thomas Mann My rating: 5 of 5 stars Far out to sea the water's as blue as the petals of the loveliest cornflower, and as clear as the purest glass; but it's very deep, deeper than any anchor can reach. Many church steeples would have to be piled up one above the… Continue reading Thomas Mann, Doctor Faustus

Albert Murray, The Hero and the Blues

The Hero And the Blues by Albert Murray My rating: 5 of 5 stars Albert Murray is, as the fashion journalists say, having a moment. His collected non-fiction and fiction/poetry have now been canonized by the Library of America (in volumes published in 2016 and 2018, respectively) and his insights on race, American identity, music,… Continue reading Albert Murray, The Hero and the Blues

Bob Dylan: A Nobel Note

https://vimeo.com/20729562 Is mortifying Baby Boomer nostalgia something of which one could justly accuse a Swede? And I thought it was going to be my hero Don DeLillo's year! At the most reactionary end of the spectrum of my divided feeling, I almost receive this as a kind of patronizing insult to American literature—in the mode… Continue reading Bob Dylan: A Nobel Note