John Pistelli


Tag Archives: twenty-first-century fiction

Jenny Offill, Dept. of Speculation

Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill My rating: 3 of 5 stars This acclaimed 2014 novel of marriage, motherhood, and adultery is a perfect expression of the fictional and even … Continue reading

30 September 2018 · Leave a comment

Nick Drnaso, Sabrina

Sabrina by Nick Drnaso My rating: 2 of 5 stars I won’t write a long review of this book because I’ve already demonstrated ad nauseam in what I’ve said about … Continue reading

18 August 2018 · Leave a comment

Lisa Halliday, Asymmetry

Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday My rating: 3 of 5 stars The jacket copy of this fascinating 2018 debut novel—back cover and both flaps—informs us no less than four times that … Continue reading

24 July 2018 · Leave a comment

Grant Morrison and Chris Weston, The Filth

The Filth by Grant Morrison My rating: 4 of 5 stars The book is full of life—not like a man, but like an ant-heap. —Ludwig Wittgenstein, Culture and Value (trans. … Continue reading

19 July 2018 · 1 Comment

A Note on Blade Runner 2049

[I posted this to Tumblr a few days ago and didn’t post it here because it doesn’t quite meet the more essay-like standards I’d prefer to maintain on this site. … Continue reading

17 October 2017 · Leave a comment

Eugene Lim, Dear Cyborgs

Dear Cyborgs by Eugene Lim My rating: 4 of 5 stars The novel, unfortunately, waits until we have gotten the point before it decides to explain itself:   (When I … Continue reading

13 June 2017 · Leave a comment

J. M. Coetzee, The Schooldays of Jesus

The Schooldays of Jesus by J.M. Coetzee My rating: 4 of 5 stars This sequel to Coetzee’s The Childhood of Jesus (2013) provides further adventures of Davíd, Simón, and Inés … Continue reading

18 March 2017 · 1 Comment

Valeria Luiselli, Faces in the Crowd

Faces in the Crowd by Valeria Luiselli My rating: 3 of 5 stars The honest critic must be content to find a VERY LITTLE contemporary work worth serious attention; but … Continue reading

14 March 2017 · 1 Comment

Paul Pope, 100%

100% by Paul Pope My rating: 4 of 5 stars Synthesizing romance comics with the sexy global dystopias popular since the early 1980s, this 2005 graphic novel was aptly described … Continue reading

8 March 2017 · 1 Comment

Don DeLillo, Falling Man

Falling Man by Don DeLillo My rating: 4 of 5 stars I have avoided Falling Man for a decade because a novel about 9/11 by Don DeLillo seemed so literal—every … Continue reading

9 February 2017 · Leave a comment