John Pistelli


Raymond Carver, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love: Stories by Raymond Carver My rating: 4 of 5 stars A character in this iconic collection’s final story thinks of her … Continue reading

6 December 2018 · 1 Comment

Ernest Hemingway, The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories

Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories by Ernest Hemingway My rating: 3 of 5 stars Hemingway used to be overrated and is now if anything underrated. Once venerated for promoting … Continue reading

13 June 2018 · 1 Comment

Herman Melville, Benito Cereno

Melville’s Short Novels: Authoritative Texts, Contexts, Criticism by Herman Melville My rating: 5 of 5 stars Benito Cereno is one of the post-Pierre short works of the 1850s by which Melville … Continue reading

22 September 2017 · 1 Comment

Nathanael West, Miss Lonelyhearts and The Day of the Locust

Miss Lonelyhearts / The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West My rating: 5 of 5 stars Nathanael West’s 1933 novella, Miss Lonelyhearts, has passionate defenders. Harold Bloom declares it … Continue reading

27 April 2016 · Leave a comment

Cynthia Ozick, The Shawl

The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick My rating: 5 of 5 stars Perhaps Cynthia Ozick’s most famous book, this 1989 collection of two linked short stories about the Holocaust and its … Continue reading

18 April 2016 · Leave a comment

Published: “Sweet Angry God”

Please click here for a free pdf of my latest short story, published in the December issue of Writing Raw (and check out the rest of the issue!). Writing Raw … Continue reading

7 December 2015 · Leave a comment

Henry James, The Beast in the Jungle and Other Stories

The Beast in the Jungle and Other Stories by Henry James My rating: 5 of 5 stars I took up this volume as Halloween approached and I realized I had … Continue reading

5 November 2015 · Leave a comment

Published: “Iconoclasm”

My very short story, “Iconoclasm,” has been published by The Harpoon Review. First sentence: In the course of the capture of the city, the army took the museum. Please click … Continue reading

5 October 2015 · Leave a comment

“The Embrace”

My short story, “The Embrace”—in my view, the best of my short stories to be published so far—appears in Vol. 3 of Winter Tangerine Review, an ebook version of which … Continue reading

16 December 2014 · 2 Comments