John Pistelli


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Anna Burns, Milkman

Milkman by Anna Burns My rating: 5 of 5 stars “I did not like twentieth century books because I did not like the twentieth century,” says the narrator of Anna … Continue reading

15 December 2018 · 1 Comment

Against Celebration: Bloomsday vs. Dallowayday

Two years ago, Elaine Showalter suggested that we balance Bloomsday (June 16, the day whereon Joyce’s Ulysses is set) with Dallowayday: Like Joyce’s Ulysses, Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway is set … Continue reading

16 June 2018 · 1 Comment

Bloomsday Notes: Jung on Joyce

The emergence of a literature which is predominantly concerned with the exploration of both a social reality and individual consciousness is a relatively recent phenomenon. Its first clear manifestations date … Continue reading

16 June 2017 · Leave a comment

William Butler Yeats, The Tower

The Tower by W.B. Yeats My rating: 5 of 5 stars In my review of Seamus Heaney’s Death of a Naturalist, I casually referred to “Yeatsian idealism,” to contrast the … Continue reading

2 November 2016 · 1 Comment

Seamus Heaney, Death of a Naturalist

Death of a Naturalist by Seamus Heaney My rating: 5 of 5 stars Thinking, for what should be obvious reasons, about previous Anglophone poets who won the Nobel Prize, I … Continue reading

23 October 2016 · 3 Comments

Bloomsday Thoughts: Blasphemies, Monuments, Traditions

The nightingales are singing near The Convent of the Sacred Heart… —T. S. Eliot, “Sweeney among the Nightingales” Joyce was an apostate, renegade, heathen, exile, dissident, blasphemer—and so perhaps the … Continue reading

16 June 2016 · 1 Comment

Samuel Beckett, Happy Days

Happy Days by Samuel Beckett My rating: 3 of 5 stars Fascinating but not my favorite. Evidently Beckett regarded Winnie as a kind of earth mother spirit, indomitable, and I … Continue reading

15 November 2014 · Leave a comment