John Pistelli


Hart Crane, The Bridge

The Bridge by Hart Crane My rating: 4 of 5 stars The Bridge (1930) is a long poem seven years in the making. It was written under several varieties of … Continue reading

11 May 2018 · Leave a comment

Jeanette Winterson, Art Objects

Art Objects: Essays on Ecstasy and Effrontery by Jeanette Winterson My rating: 4 of 5 stars I read this collection of essays concurrently with Winterson’s novel, Art and Lies, and … Continue reading

13 January 2016 · 1 Comment

T. S. Eliot, Murder in the Cathedral

Murder in the Cathedral by T.S. Eliot My rating: 5 of 5 stars I should not like to close without attempting to set before you, though only in dim outline, … Continue reading

7 January 2016 · Leave a comment

Djuna Barnes, Nightwood

Nightwood by Djuna Barnes My rating: 5 of 5 stars …Felix was astonished to find that the most touching flowers laid on the altar he had raised to his imagination … Continue reading

6 December 2015 · 6 Comments

Sublimity Listed: Bloom’s 12 American Writers

Harold Bloom has a new book coming out—rather like my grandmother, he’s been falsely prophesying his imminent demise for almost my entire lifetime. Since the end will come for us … Continue reading

2 May 2015 · 2 Comments