John Pistelli


Buy Portraits and Ashes for Small Business Saturday!

There was a debate recently on social media over indie press Tyrant Books’s tweeted proclamation that “they no longer accept agented authors.” The pro-agent side argued that agents were necessary … Continue reading

25 November 2017 · Leave a comment

Grant Morrison, Doom Patrol

The Doom Patrol Omnibus by Grant Morrison My rating: 3 of 5 stars In my review of Boris Groys’s In the Flow, I somehow failed to note the thesis in … Continue reading

7 July 2017 · 5 Comments

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 · 4 Comments

César Aira, Ema, the Captive

Ema, the Captive by César Aira My rating: 4 of 5 stars Reading and rereading Wilde over the years, I note a fact that his panegyrists seem not even to … Continue reading

22 May 2017 · 10 Comments

Edgar Allan Poe, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe My rating: 3 of 5 stars Calm block fallen down here from some dark disaster —Stéphane Mallarmé, “The … Continue reading

22 October 2016 · 1 Comment

César Aira, How I Became a Nun

How I Became a Nun by César Aira My rating: 3 of 5 stars To recap, following on from my review of the brilliant An Episode in the Life of … Continue reading

15 July 2016 · Leave a comment

David Markson, Vanishing Point

Vanishing Point by David Markson My rating: 4 of 5 stars Well, someday I will get around to the author’s masterpiece, Wittgenstein’s Mistress—as well as to those other books that … Continue reading

24 March 2016 · Leave a comment

Vanessa Place, Crowd Power, and the Wisdom of Subcommittees

Vanessa Place is a so-called conceptual writer*, one of those who disparage the old claims of the imagination and embrace instead the avant-garde’s aestheticization of reality and post-structuralism’s denial of … Continue reading

19 May 2015 · 1 Comment

Tom McCarthy, Satin Island

Satin Island: A Novel by Tom McCarthy My rating: 3 of 5 stars Imagine DeLillo or Ballard without either of those writers’ command of language. Imagine prose in the style … Continue reading

28 March 2015 · 4 Comments

Labyrinth vs. Network; or, Why Modernism Is Not Google

I find a lot to criticize and very little, almost nothing, to like in the Tom McCarthy essay that is making the rounds, but I will confine myself to one point: It … Continue reading

8 March 2015 · Leave a comment