2021-03-25: Vineland, Thomas Pynchon A craft note — perhaps the aim is something overtly bullshit, but also compelling. To induce a …

2021-03-21: The World of Yesterday, Stefan Zweig Stefan Zweig had the good fortune to be born in Austria in the last decades of the nineteenth …

2021-03-16: Strikingly internet-age insight from Musil. Epigraph to Elizabeth Goodstein’s Boredom and Modernity …

2021-03-15: Bartleby, The Scrivener; Herman Melville The story is ultimately a bit of a disappointment because of the conventionality of the framework …

2021-03-14: Kissa By Kissa, Craig Mod An interesting limited edition photo/narrative documenting a 960 kilometer walk from Tokyo to Kyoto. …

2021-03-08: The Plague, Albert Camus Camus keeps his philosophical agenda somewhat low key, but if a similar novel were written in …

2021-03-04: The Little Town Where Time Stood Still, Bohumil Hrabal I read the NYRB Classics edition, which contains two linked novellas about the same characters. The …

2021-02-06: Adam Curtis On the Unfolding Epistemological Crisis After the violence and social experiments of the twentieth century, it made sense to give up on …

2021-01-29: Metamorphica, Zachary Mason I started to read Mason’s first book, The Lost Books of the Odyssey, a few years ago, and it …

2021-01-05: Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen I want to highlight the loaded phrase “an elopement without the intention of marriage.” 📚

2020-12-27: The Door, Magda Szabo. I always have high expectations when opening an NYRB Classics book, but this one felt a little …

2020-12-27: Life of the Party, Olivia Gatwood Thoroughly investigating the predicament of being an attractive young woman in a misogynist society. …

2020-12-24: Jacob’s Room, Virginia Woolf Lighthouses appear, as do waves. Sensibility has to come before style, is what I take away from …

2018-08-23: 📝 Garcia Marquez adopts the demeanor of Buster Keaton to tell his stories: I discovered that what I …

2018-08-20: Sebald on narrative literature 📝 Sebald on narrative literature, froma 1999 profile in the Paris Review. “I have an aversion …

2018-08-18: Gravity's Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon I’m old enough to have some books in my tsundoku pile whose pages have turned yellow with age while …