John Gray, The Soul of the Marionette

The Soul of the Marionette: A Short Inquiry into Human Freedom by John N. Gray My rating: 3 of 5 stars A brief and essayistic digest of Gray's analysis—he views western modernity as deludedly self-satisfied in its unwitting recapitulation of the Gnostic heresy that humanity can be God—and his aesthetic—his is an austere and gentlemanly … Continue reading John Gray, The Soul of the Marionette

Romancing Genre

This piece by Joshua Rothman on the genre wars is a welcome attempt to bring some context and clarity to the discussion. Since the rise of magical realism in the '60s, we have been coming to understand that there is nothing "natural" about the particular tradition of novel writing whose high period spans the century from George … Continue reading Romancing Genre