John Pistelli


William Shakespeare, Love’s Labour’s Lost

Love’s Labor’s Lost by William Shakespeare My rating: 4 of 5 stars This early Shakespearean comedy, dating from the 1590s, is paradoxically slight but weighty, thin but dense. That’s no … Continue reading

25 January 2019 · Leave a comment

A Personal Canon

A number of book bloggers are posting their personal canons. They are very fun: see here, here, and here, for instance. (It reminds me of the “literary pillars” exercise inspired … Continue reading

30 April 2017 · 8 Comments

Northrop Frye, Anatomy of Criticism

Anatomy of Criticism by Northrop Frye My rating: 5 of 5 stars If I had to choose one book as the foundation for an education in literary criticism and theory, … Continue reading

15 October 2015 · 3 Comments

Romancing Genre

This piece by Joshua Rothman¬†on¬†the genre wars is a welcome attempt to bring some context and clarity to the discussion. Since the rise of magical realism in the ’60s, we … Continue reading

12 November 2014 · Leave a comment