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

Literary Fiction: To Self-Publish or Not?

If American literature had been left wholly in the hands of established publishers—Ticknor and Fields, for instance—Longfellow might have remained our greatest poet. But Walt Whitman, an American, one of … Continue reading

27 June 2017 · 13 Comments

John Marsh, In Walt We Trust: How a Queer Socialist Poet Can Save America from Itself

In Walt We Trust: How a Queer Socialist Poet Can Save America from Itself by John Marsh My rating: 4 of 5 stars In Walt We Trust is blessedly less … Continue reading

17 April 2017 · 1 Comment

Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle My rating: 3 of 5 stars Today, in honor of Halloween, the Paris Review is running an 1872 epistolary exchange between … Continue reading

31 October 2016 · 2 Comments

Allen Ginsberg, Howl and Other Poems

Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg My rating: 2 of 5 stars I read this—and I don’t think I’ve ever read this volume as a volume before, though I’ve … Continue reading

4 September 2016 · Leave a comment

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

Goodreads Reviews September/October

My Goodreads reviews for the last month or so, novels and poetry and comics. Daniel Clowes, Ghost World Les Murray, Dog Fox Field Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely, All-Star Superman … Continue reading

10 October 2014 · Leave a comment

Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

Song of Myself by Walt Whitman My rating: 5 of 5 stars Whitman is one of those writers whose merits can get lost in their reputations; you forget how good … Continue reading

18 September 2014 · 1 Comment