Updates and Goodreads Reviews

1. My review of William Giraldi's new novel, Hold the Dark, appears at Rain Taxi; it addresses Giraldi's controversial criticism and includes a defense of his somewhat unfashionable aestheticism. 2. I am going to cross-post my Goodreads reviews to this blog from now on, in the interests of disseminating my writing to the largest possible audience. … Continue reading Updates and Goodreads Reviews

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 do find some patronizing piety or maybe just pity here, a refusal of the corrosive irony Beckett's male heroes have to endure in the midst … Continue reading Samuel Beckett, Happy Days

“Don’t get rid of art; get rid of social relations.”

Later, as the 1980s came to a close, publishing began to change, and there were obstacles. She began to complain to me that publishers seemed to want her to be an unpaid member of their marketing department, when it was her job to write. Publishing houses started to become parts of conglomerates, imprints were bought … Continue reading “Don’t get rid of art; get rid of social relations.”