John Pistelli


Toni Morrison, Paradise

Paradise by Toni Morrison My rating: 5 of 5 stars Paradise was not well received upon its publication in 1997—influential critics like Michiko Kakutani, James Wood, and Zoë Heller disparaged … Continue reading

10 November 2017 · 7 Comments

Elaine Pagels, The Gnostic Gospels

The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels My rating: 4 of 5 stars In this 1979 classic of popular non-fiction, religious scholar Elaine Pagels explains to a broad audience the theological … Continue reading

8 November 2017 · 1 Comment

Georges Bataille, Story of the Eye

Story of the Eye by Georges Bataille My rating: 2 of 5 stars [This is a pornographic novel, and not all of the activities it describes are consensual, so you … Continue reading

7 November 2016 · 2 Comments

John Gray, The Soul of the Marionette

The Soul of the Marionette: A Short Inquiry into Human Freedom by John N. Gray My rating: 3 of 5 stars A brief and essayistic digest of Gray’s analysis—he views … Continue reading

29 December 2015 · 1 Comment

Simone Weil, On the Abolition of All Political Parties

On the Abolition of All Political Parties by Simone Weil My rating: 3 of 5 stars If you’ll allow me, dear reader, a self-indulgent preamble— Readers of my novella, The Ecstasy … Continue reading

24 March 2015 · 1 Comment