John Pistelli

writer

Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood My rating: 3 of 5 stars Some books are so famous, so ubiquitous in the culture, that you feel you have read them well … Continue reading

17 May 2018 · Leave a comment

Ishmael Reed, Mumbo Jumbo

Mumbo Jumbo by Ishmael Reed My rating: 4 of 5 stars Thomas Pynchon’s freewheeling narrator of Gravity’s Rainbow (1973) tells us, “Well, and keep in mind where those Masonic Mysteries came … Continue reading

7 May 2018 · 1 Comment

Grant Morrison, The Invisibles

The Invisibles by Grant Morrison My rating: 4 of 5 stars This will be a pitch. You should read The Invisibles. Certainly those of you who have been reading some … Continue reading

21 April 2018 · 1 Comment

Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, Watchmen

Watchmen: The Annotated Edition by Alan Moore My rating: 4 of 5 stars [The following essay is divided into two parts: my critical analysis of Watchmen in general, and then … Continue reading

2 March 2018 · Leave a comment

Don DeLillo, White Noise

White Noise: Text and Criticism by Don DeLillo My rating: 5 of 5 stars I am interested in the question of whether or not this book holds up. It was … Continue reading

25 February 2018 · Leave a comment

Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49

The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon My rating: 5 of 5 stars A summary of this classic 1965 short novel’s unsummarizable plot: California housewife Oedipa Maas becomes executor … Continue reading

28 January 2018 · 1 Comment

Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita

The Annotated Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov My rating: 4 of 5 stars Lolita, if you don’t know, is a novel cast in the form of a murderer’s confession. The self-named … Continue reading

19 November 2017 · 2 Comments

Kazuo Ishiguro, Nobel Laureate: Notes Toward an Introduction

Last night I dreamed I woke up this morning to find that the Nobel Prize in Literature had been awarded to a little-known English poet named Thomas Plum. I’d never … Continue reading

5 October 2017 · 1 Comment

Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow

Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon My rating: 4 of 5 stars Moby-Dick—an epic, mock-epic, and Great American Novel—is supposed to be a difficult book, and it is. Its gigantism burst … Continue reading

29 August 2017 · 3 Comments

Grant Morrison, Doom Patrol

The Doom Patrol Omnibus by Grant Morrison My rating: 3 of 5 stars In my review of Boris Groys’s In the Flow, I somehow failed to note the thesis in … Continue reading

7 July 2017 · 3 Comments