John Pistelli

writer

Boris Groys, In the Flow

In the Flow by Boris Groys My rating: 4 of 5 stars For a long time, God was our anchor: the gaze of the deity secured our place in the … Continue reading

1 July 2017 · 2 Comments

Announcing Portraits and Ashes

As you might have guessed from yesterday’s defense of self-published literary fiction, I have independently published a novel, Portraits and Ashes. For a brief description, here is the back cover copy: … Continue reading

28 June 2017 · 1 Comment

Literary Fiction: To Self-Publish or Not?

If American literature had been left wholly in the hands of established publishers—Ticknor and Fields, for instance—Longfellow might have remained our greatest poet. But Walt Whitman, an American, one of … Continue reading

27 June 2017 · 6 Comments

E. M. Forster, Maurice

Maurice by E.M. Forster My rating: 4 of 5 stars Maurice is E. M. Forster’s fifth novel, written in 1913-14, following Howards End. Due to its content, however, Forster suppressed … Continue reading

26 June 2017 · Leave a comment

Albert Camus, The Rebel

The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt by Albert Camus My rating: 4 of 5 stars The Rebel is Albert Camus’s answer, written in 1951, to the painful question … Continue reading

25 June 2017 · Leave a comment

Carlo Rovelli, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli My rating: 4 of 5 stars Now I am not going to go so far out of my depth—or so far off-brand—as … Continue reading

20 June 2017 · Leave a comment

Herman Melville, Pierre; or, The Ambiguities

Pierre; or, The Ambiguities by Herman Melville My rating: 4 of 5 stars What was left of Melville’s early audience was killed off by the dreadful Pierre, a year after … Continue reading

18 June 2017 · 2 Comments

Bloomsday Notes: Jung on Joyce

The emergence of a literature which is predominantly concerned with the exploration of both a social reality and individual consciousness is a relatively recent phenomenon. Its first clear manifestations date … Continue reading

16 June 2017 · Leave a comment

Eugene Lim, Dear Cyborgs

Dear Cyborgs by Eugene Lim My rating: 4 of 5 stars The novel, unfortunately, waits until we have gotten the point before it decides to explain itself:   (When I … Continue reading

13 June 2017 · Leave a comment

C. G. Jung, Answer to Job

Answer to Job by C.G. Jung My rating: 3 of 5 stars The back cover advertises Answer to Job as “one of Jung’s most controversial works.” He wrote it toward … Continue reading

4 June 2017 · 2 Comments