Poetry, Product, and the Novel: A Few Notes on Mark de Silva’s “Distant Visions”

Mark de Silva has written a superb polemic essay against the state of the literary novel in our time: “Distant Visions: Putdownable Prose and the State of the Art-Novel.” In it, he issues a challenge to the three-way convergence of memoir, journalism, and fiction today, which he sees as privileging easy-to-read prose and easy-to-identify-with situations, a … Continue reading Poetry, Product, and the Novel: A Few Notes on Mark de Silva’s “Distant Visions”

Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami My rating: 3 of 5 stars Murakami is a polarizing figure; I like polarizing figures, because the lack of consensus about their merits deprives my adolescent contrarianism, which resists all consensus indiscriminately, of its fuel, and, in consequence, I have to make up my mind freely. To my … Continue reading Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle