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Wesley Yang, The Souls of Yellow Folk

The Souls of Yellow Folk by Wesley Yang My rating: 4 of 5 stars It was once a pop-socio-psychological commonplace of American foreign-policy commentary that terrorism on behalf of political … Continue reading

16 November 2018 · Leave a comment

Robert Pogue Harrison, Juvenescence

Juvenescence: A Cultural History of Our Age by Robert Pogue Harrison My rating: 5 of 5 stars Valor consists in the power of self-recovery, so that a man cannot have … Continue reading

11 December 2015 · 1 Comment

More Notes Toward a Manifesto on Modern Fiction

(Continued from here.) Let me invoke again D. G. Myers’s Dizikes Rule, which says that you should avoid reading novels less than a decade old. While there is no need … Continue reading

22 October 2015 · 1 Comment

“Wash Your Windows”: A Note on Thoreau and the Prejudices of the Present Day

Virginia Woolf, celebrating Henry David Thoreau’s centenary in 1917: Few people, it is safe to say, take such an interest in themselves as Thoreau took in himself; for if we … Continue reading

14 October 2015 · Leave a comment

George Steiner, In Bluebeard’s Castle

In Bluebeard’s Castle: Some Notes Towards the Redefinition of Culture by George Steiner My rating: 4 of 5 stars Steiner is a wonderful writer; his prose is rich with allusion, … Continue reading

8 November 2014 · 1 Comment

Élisabeth Roudinesco, Lacan: In Spite of Everything

Lacan: In Spite Of Everything by Elisabeth Roudinesco My rating: 4 of 5 stars First, what is “everything”? And second, how does le maître survive in spite of it? “Everything” … Continue reading

22 October 2014 · Leave a comment