John Pistelli

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My Year in Books, 2018

Looking back, I see that I did a lot of rereading in 2018. Some of it was out of necessity (teaching), and some for pleasure. Some of it showed up … Continue reading

31 December 2018 · Leave a comment

William Giraldi, American Audacity: In Defense of Literary Daring

American Audacity: In Defense of Literary Daring by William Giraldi My rating: 4 of 5 stars Though better known as the novelist who wrote the now-Netflixed Hold the Dark, William … Continue reading

20 December 2018 · 3 Comments

My Year in Books, 2017

But let’s start with movies. Ten years ago, the Scottish musician and critic Momus observed that one of the most acclaimed films of 2007, Guillermo del Toro’s Spanish-Civil-War fantasy Pan’s Labyrinth, … Continue reading

31 December 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

David Mamet, Glengarry Glen Ross

Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet My rating: 4 of 5 stars Look. Look. Are you LISTENing to me? I’m not some Brooklyn beggar, okay? I’m not some fucking Oberlin … Continue reading

31 July 2017 · Leave a comment

Marilynne Robinson, Gilead

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson My rating: 3 of 5 stars I found Marilynne Robinson’s second novel, Gilead (2004), to be literally stunning. That is, every time I picked it up … Continue reading

28 July 2017 · 3 Comments

Vladimir Nabokov, The Enchanter

The Enchanter by Vladimir Nabokov My rating: 3 of 5 stars VN’s first pass at the Lolita subject matter, The Enchanter was written in 1939—making it one of the author’s … Continue reading

16 July 2017 · Leave a comment

Louise Erdrich, Love Medicine

Love Medicine: Deluxe Modern Classic by Louise Erdrich My rating: 4 of 5 stars Browsing in a library the other day, I came upon a reference—in I don’t recall which … Continue reading

14 May 2017 · Leave a comment

Paul Pope, 100%

100% by Paul Pope My rating: 4 of 5 stars Synthesizing romance comics with the sexy global dystopias popular since the early 1980s, this 2005 graphic novel was aptly described … Continue reading

8 March 2017 · 1 Comment

Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler My rating: 3 of 5 stars “They pay brisk money for this crap?” Raymond Chandler asked of the science fiction genre. His rhetorical question … Continue reading

16 January 2017 · 1 Comment