John Pistelli


Herman Melville, The Paradise of Bachelors and the Tartarus of Maids

The Paradise of Bachelors and The Tartarus of Maids by Herman Melville My rating: 5 of 5 stars After re-reading Moby-Dick, I decided to revisit this remarkable short story (or … Continue reading

14 December 2016 · Leave a comment

Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book is not extrapolative. If you like, you can read it, and a … Continue reading

2 March 2016 · Leave a comment

Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens My rating: 4 of 5 stars [Spoilers below.] I wanted to revisit Dickens after reading Jeanette Winterson’s Art Objects. Like other British critics who want … Continue reading

8 February 2016 · 4 Comments

Punching What?

Let us continue to count, and talk, and think about the numbers. —Claire Vaye Watkins As one of the major theses of Claire Vaye Watkins’s celebrated manifesto, “On Pandering,” is … Continue reading

27 November 2015 · Leave a comment

Dorothy Richardson, Karl Ove Knausgaard, and Literary History

Amy Shearn on how and why Karl Ove Knausgaard’s champions have neglected the modernist Dorothy Richardson, whose roman-fleuve Pilgrimage anticipates My Struggle in mode and method: As much as I … Continue reading

2 March 2015 · 2 Comments