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Theodor Adorno, Minima Moralia: Reflections on a Damaged Life

Minima Moralia: Reflections on a Damaged Life by Theodor W. Adorno My rating: 5 of 5 stars It helps to know that this 1951 book, an unclassifiable philosophical masterpiece consisting … Continue reading

28 November 2018 · 2 Comments

Jerzy Kosinski, The Painted Bird

The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosiński My rating: 3 of 5 stars This 1965 novel is a text so overwhelmed by its various contexts that it is almost impossible to … Continue reading

1 August 2018 · Leave a comment

Philip Roth, Goodbye, Columbus

Goodbye, Columbus and Five Short Stories by Philip Roth My rating: 5 of 5 stars She walked away and around the oak tree. When she appeared again she’d stepped out … Continue reading

26 May 2018 · Leave a comment

Saul Bellow, The Adventures of Augie March

The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow My rating: 4 of 5 stars Most famous or classic books are more complicated, more contradictory, and more strange than their capsule-summaries … Continue reading

10 February 2018 · 4 Comments

Bernard Malamud, The Assistant

The Assistant by Bernard Malamud My rating: 5 of 5 stars The Assistant (1957) is Bernard Malamud’s second novel. Frank Alpine, its eponymous anti-hero, becomes a clerk in the failing … Continue reading

4 January 2018 · Leave a comment

Philip Roth, The Ghost Writer

The Ghost Writer by Philip Roth My rating: 5 of 5 stars The Ghost Writer is the good Roth, the safe Roth, wholesome enough to give to children and kittens … Continue reading

11 October 2017 · 4 Comments

David Mamet, Glengarry Glen Ross

Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet My rating: 4 of 5 stars Look. Look. Are you LISTENing to me? I’m not some Brooklyn beggar, okay? I’m not some fucking Oberlin … Continue reading

31 July 2017 · Leave a comment

Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon My rating: 2 of 5 stars The original jacket copy compared The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay to American … Continue reading

10 January 2017 · 2 Comments

Allen Ginsberg, Howl and Other Poems

Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg My rating: 2 of 5 stars I read this—and I don’t think I’ve ever read this volume as a volume before, though I’ve … Continue reading

4 September 2016 · Leave a comment

Philip Roth, Indignation

Indignation by Philip Roth My rating: 4 of 5 stars Les extrêmes se touchent—that is the meaning of this 2008 short novel, for which I have interrupted my reading of … Continue reading

18 August 2016 · Leave a comment