Reviews in Chronological Order

Reviews, essays, riffs, etc. Most recent first. Updates sporadic at best.

Thomas Pynchon’s Mason & Dixon (Third Riff)

Thomas Pynchon’s Mason & Dixon (Second Riff)

Thomas Pynchon’s Mason & Dixon (First Riff)

A Too Many Cooks Riff, Focusing on The Killer, Who Is There Right from the Beginning

Haruki Murakami’s Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage Reviewed

Stephen Collins’s Allegorical Fable The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil Reviewed

Phantoms and Ghosts in DFW’s Novel The Pale King

Doré’s Ghost of Banquo

David Mitchell’s New Novel The Bone Clocks Falls Far Short of His Best Work

Charles Burns’s Sugar Skull Reviewed

Roman Muradov’s Enigmatic Graphic Novella (In a Sense) Lost and Found Reviewed

A Conversation About Ben Lerner’s 10:04, Part Two

A Conversation about Ben Lerner’s 10:04, Part One

What’s got into you? | Ventriloquism in Doris Lessing’s novel The Golden Notebook

Under the Skin Riff

Snowpiercer Riff

The BFG, Roald Dahl’s Love Letter to His Lost Daughter

A Riff on Stuff I Wish I’d Written About in the First Half of 2014


The Cranky Brilliance of Dwight Macdonald’s Midcult and Masscult

Roberto Bolaño’s The Unknown University

William T. Vollmann’s Central Europe

The Inevitable June — Bob Schofield

Borges Contra Bolaño

How can love be self-ironic? (William T. Vollmann’s Europe Central)

Riff on William Shakespeare

Laurent Binet’s HHhH Is a Thrilling Intertextual Adventure Story

“Nothing but Trouble” | Gordon Lish’s New Collection Goings Plays with the Problems of Language

Riff on Not Writing

“A Country On The Far Side of Fiction” — Riffing Over Gerald Murnane’s Barley Patch

I Review (Version #10786 of) Nanni Balestrini’s Novel Tristano

True Detective, Bolaño’s 2666, Werewolves, Etc

The Complete Short Stories of J.G. Ballard (Eleventh Riff: The Nineties)

“Haunted Houses” | Another True Detective Riff

A Rambling Riff on True Detective

The Complete Short Stories of J.G. Ballard (Tenth Riff: The Eighties)

“A Dream About Being A Person” | Another Riff on True Detective

Immaterials, August Cross’s Contemporary Take on Goya’s Caprichos

The Abject Body and Spike Jonze’s Her

100 Point William Burroughs Riff

Please Unplease Me: A Review of Laura Frost’s The Problem With Pleasure

The Complete Short Stories of J.G. Ballard (Ninth Riff: The Seventies)

Jessica Hollander’s Collection In These Times the Home Is a Tired Place Reviewed

“We are things that labor under the illusion of having a self” | A Riff on True Detective, HBO’s Philosophical Crime Show

The Complete Short Stories of J.G. Ballard (Eighth Riff: Closing Out the Sixties)

The Complete Short Stories of J.G. Ballard (Seventh Riff: 1966)

Although Of Course You End Up Riffing Obliquely on How a David Foster Wallace Road Trip Movie Is a Terrible Idea

The Complete Short Stories of J.G. Ballard (Sixth Riff: 1963-1964)

The Complete Short Stories of J.G. Ballard (Fifth Riff: The Subliminal Man,” Black Friday, and Consumerism)

A Lazy Riff on Margaret Atwood’s Novel MaddAddam

Riffing Over Gerald Murnane’s Inland

S.D. Chrostowska’s Novel Permission Deconstructs the Episotolary Form

Review: Tim O’Brien’s Novel The Things They Carried, Read by Bryan Cranston

The Complete Short Stories of J.G. Ballard (Fourth Riff: Stories of 1962)

Riff #2 on Thomas Bernhard’s Old Masters

“Horror Demands Laughter” | This Is Not a Review of Thomas Bernhard’s Novel Frost

James Wood’s The Fun Stuff Reviewed

Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity Is a Worthy Sequel to Children of Men

The Complete Short Stories of J.G. Ballard (Third Riff: Stories of 1961)

“eavesdropping on my own thoughts” | Passage from + One-Sentence Riff on Evan Dara’s Novel The Lost Scrapbook

The Complete Short Stories of J.G. Ballard (Second Riff: Stories of 1960)

Riff on Thomas Bernhard’s Old Masters

The Complete Short Stories of J.G. Ballard (First Riff: Introductions + Stories 1956-1959)

“Recycling one’s own life with books” |Thirteen Notes on Susan Sontag’s Notebook Collection, As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh

Borges Riff/Borges Anxiety

List of Possible Descriptors for Thomas Pynchon’s Novel Against the Day

Gargoyles, Thomas Bernhard’s Philosophical Novel of Abject Madness

David Gordon Green’s Prince Avalanche Reviewed

“…the Mask’s desire was to be invisible, unthreatening, transparent yet mercilessly deceptive…” / Another Pynchon Riff

theNewerYork, a Worthy Alternative to Your iPhone

Jason Schwartz’s John the Posthumous Is a Dark, Disarming Novella

Mikhail Bulgakov’s Novel The Master and Margarita Reviewed

“—boys to your bellybone and chuck a chum a chance!” — Pynchon Riff + Joyce + Moebius + Chloral Hydrate Party

Explication/Confusion of Pacific Rim in Ten Images

Cartoon College, A Documentary Featuring Chris Ware, Charles Burns, Art Spiegelman and Other Comics Legends

The Collective Dream of the Chums of Chance (A Short Pynchon Riff)

“…a spectral cavalry, faces disquietingly wanting in detail, eyes little more than blurred sockets…” (Another Riff on Thomas Pynchon’s Against the Day)

“Smite early and often” (Another Riff on Thomas Pynchon’s Against the Day)

Pleasure and Sorrow in Álvaro Mutis’s Novella The Tramp Steamer’s Last Port of Call

Riff on Goya’s Painting Highwaymen Attacking a Coach

“…he enjoyed a sort of dual existence” (Another Riff on Thomas Pynchon’s Against the Day)

The Never-Ending Torture of Unrest | Georg Büchner’s Lenz Reviewed

The Chums of Chance vs The Legion of Gnomes (Citation from + Riff on Thomas Pynchon’s Against the Day)

“All Our Figments and Alogisms” | The Kafkaesque, Borgesian, Phildickian Worlds of Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky

I Review Paperback Island, Marshall Brooks’s Love Letter to Books and the People Who Make Them

A Short Riff on Shane Carruth’s Film Upstream Color

Carl Shuker’s Anti Lebanon Reviewed

Something on Georges Perec’s La Boutique Obscure

I Riff on the Cloud Atlas Movie

Jangly George Saunders — Tenth of December Reviewed

A Riff on Lars Iyer’s Novel Exodus

I Try to Review Ben Marcus’s Novel The Flame Alphabet

Yoko Ogawa’s Revenge Is an Elegant Collection of Creepy Intertextual Tales

A Riff on Paul Thomas Anderson’s Film The Master (Including a Take on the Ending)

I Am Baffled by the Trailer for Spring Breakers, the New Film from Harmony Korine

Moby-Dick: A Short Riff on a Long Book

Flann O’Brien’s Novel At Swim-Two-Birds Is a Postmodernist Masterpiece of Comic Storytelling

I Anti-Review Evan Lavender-Smith’s Anti-Novel, From Old Notebooks

Franchise Films, Alternate Worlds, and Why Wong Kar Wai Should Direct the Next Star Wars Film

The Worst Poetry I Have Ever Read

The Special Pleasures of Guest Room Reading

A Riff on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Tale “The Birth-Mark”

theNewerYork #2 Reviewed

A Lazy Riff on the First Three of Álvaro Mutis’s Maqroll Novellas

A Riff on What I Read (And Didn’t Read) in 2012

Reading Chris Ware’s Building Stories / It All Happened So Fast

Reading Chris Ware’s Building Stories / Disconnect

Three Beautiful Books For Children (and Adults)

Something on David Markson’s Wittgenstein’s Mistress, Shamelessly Plagiarized and Rearranged from One-Star Amazon Reviews

Reading Chris Ware’s Building Stories / Two Short Loops

A Riff on Thomas Bernhard’s Novel The Loser

Holy Motors Is A Strange Cinematic Prayer

A Seven Point Riff on David Foster Wallace’s David Markson Essay

The Problems of Bartleby

Reading Chris Ware’s Building Stories / Untitled Wordless Loop

Charles Burns Enriches His Wonderfully Weird Trilogy with The Hive

Reading Chris Ware’s Building Stories / September 23rd, 2000

I Review The Mundane History of Lockwood Heights, a Chapbook by Allen Kechagiar

I Didn’t Like Joshua Cody’s Memoir [sic]

Reading Chris Ware’s Building Stories / I just met

Reading Chris Ware’s Building Stories / Branford, the Best Bee in the World

I Riff on Dostoevsky’s Novel Crime and Punishment

Three Notes on Thomas Bernhard’s Novel Correction (Plot, Prose, and a Riff) 

The Hobbit Reconsidered as a Picaresque Novel

I Review Object Lessons, Where 20 Contemporary Authors Select and Introduce 20 Short Stories from The Paris Review

The Ring Game — Agency and Chance in Season Four of The Wire

Children Left Behind (I Riff on Season Four of The Wire)

Wherein I Suggest Dracula Is a Character in Roberto Bolaño’s Novel 2666

I Riff on Eugenides’s The Marriage Plot, Which I Haven’t Read (Book Acquired, 8.22.2012)

A Rambling Riff on the Age of the Amateur, Book Review Ethics, and Adam Johnson’s The Orphan Master’s Son

Fifty Shades of Louisa May: A Loving Biography Masquerading as a Smutty Novelty Book

“What’s Outside the Window?” (Roberto Bolaño’s The Savage Detectives Revisited)

I Riff on Clarice Lispector’s Novella The Hour of the Star, a Strange Work of Pity, Humor, Terror, and Abjection

Unknown Pleasures (I Riff a Bit on Marcel Proust’s Swann’s Way)

I Review City of Glass, A Comic Book Doppelgänger of Paul Auster’s Postmodern Detective Novel

In Which I Review the Cloud Atlas Film Trailer

Intertexuality and Structure in Roberto Bolaño’s 2666

I Review Neal Stephenson’s Zany, Prescient Novel Snow Crash (And Comment on the Impending Film Adaptation)

Roberto Bolaño’s Powers of Horror

I Audit Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies (Part 3 of 3)

Some Annotations on the First Sentence of William Gaddis’s Last Novel, Agapē Agape

I Review Tom McCarthy’s Essay “Transmission and the Individual Remix”

I Audit Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies (Part 2 — In Which I Make Some Game of Thrones Comparisons and Share a Van Gogh Sketch)

I Audit Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies (Part 1)

Denis Johnson’s Train Dreams Is a Perfect Audiobook

“Half Horse Half Alligator” — I Review Charles Olson’s Inimitable Melville Study, Call Me Ishmael

The Orphan Master’s Son, Adam Johnson’s Novel About Identity and Storytelling in North Korea

And I Only Am Escaped Alone to Tell Thee About Ridley Scott’s Prometheus

Everybody Hates a Tourist (I Sort of Review the Audiobook of David Foster Wallace’s A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again)

Denis Johnson’s Train Dreams Is a Perfect Novella

I Review the Trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s Adaptation of The Great Gatsby

I Review Patience (After Sebald), an Oppressively Overstylized Documentary

Bolaño’s Werewolves

Flann O’Brien’s Novel The Third Policeman Is a Surreal Comic Masterpiece

Parenting After the Apocalypse — I Review Matt Bell’s Cataclysm Baby


I Review Stoner, John Williams’s Sad Novel About an English Professor

Keith Miller’s The Book on Fire, A Tale of Biblioklepts, Bibliophiles, and Bibliomania

Barry Hannah’s Novella Hey Jack! Is a Loose, Hilarious Tragedy

I Review The Hunger Games Film (And Mostly Complain About the Jumpy Camera Work)

Stuart Kendall’s New Translation of Gilgamesh Restores Poetic Strangeness to an Ancient Epic

A Riff on William Gaddis’s The Recognitions

A Review of David Markson’s The Last Novel (Composed Mostly in Citations from Said Novel)

“The Priest Is Us”: The Power and The Glory, Graham Greene’s Adventure of Religion and Faith

I Review House of Holes, Nicholson Baker’s Ovidian Raunchfest

Haley Tanner’s Vaclav & Lena Is A Modern Day Fairy Tale (With Lots of Lists)

Alain de Botton’s Religion for Atheists: A Facile Self-Help Book that Entirely Misses the Point of Free Thinking

Teju Cole’s Open City Is a Strange, Marvelous Novel That Captures the Post-9/11 Zeitgeist

The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll — Álvaro Mutis

I Riff–Again–on William Gaddis’s Enormous Novel JR (This Time After Finishing It)

A Riff on the Kindle Fire (E-reader)

Buckaroo Banzai’s Marvelous End Titles Tell You Everything You Need to Know About This Strange Film (Film)

I Riff on William Gaddis’s Enormous Novel J R (From About Half Way Through)

Revisiting A Wrinkle in Time

I (Sort of) Review the the Trailer for Wes Anderson’s New Film, Moonrise Kingdom (Film trailer)

Riff on Recent Reading, 1.09.2012 (Gaddis, Vollmann, Dragons, Nausicaä, Patti Smith)

Horse Movies Suck (Film)

An Incomplete List of Stuff I Wish I’d Written About in 2011

Riff on Recent Reading, 12.31.2011

Read (And Not Read) in 2011

Books I Didn’t Read in 2011 (And Books I Will Try to Read in 2012)

Reading The Tree of Life (Film)

I Review Def Jam 25, the Overstuffed Illustrated Oral History of a Record Label that Helped Change American Culture

The Best and Worst Film Titles of 2011 (Reviews of film titles)

Riffing on Michel Houellebecq’s Novel The Elementary Particles

I Review The Avian Gospels, Adam Novy’s Dystopian Novel About Family, Torture, Rebellion, and Birds

Irrepressible: The Life and Times of Jessica Mitford — Leslie Brody

Pastoralia — George Saunders

Newt’s Children, Dystopian Visions, and Greenzone America (Review of Newt Gingrich’s Child Labor Proposal)

Mister Wonderful — Daniel Clowes

Frank Miller, Fascist Mouthpiece, Is a Cranky Old Hack (Review of Miller’s Open Letter to OWS)

The Third Reich: Part III — Roberto Bolaño

A Bad Night’s Sleep — Michael Wiley

I Review Attack the Block, A Charming, Confused Film About Teens Fighting Aliens

The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp — W.H. Davies

Ray — Barry Hannah

Why I Abandoned Chad Harbach’s Over-Hyped Novel The Art of Fielding After Only 100 Pages

Trans-Atlantyk — Witold Gombrowicz

Thrones, Kings, Swords — I Review the First Three Books of George R. R. Martin’s Postmodern Saga, A Song of Ice and Fire

Amexica — Ed Vulliamy’s Violent Chronicle of the Border Wars

In the Company of Strangers — We Review Barry McCrea’s New Book About Queer Family Ties in Dickens, Joyce, and Proust

Good Offices — Evelio Rosero

War With the Newts — Karel Capek

Candide — Voltaire

The Transmigration of Timothy Archer — Philip K. Dick

The Garden of Eden — Ernest Hemingway

Spurious — Lars Iyer

We Review John from Cincinnati, David Milch’s Metaphysical Surf Odyssey (television)

The Sot-Weed Factor — John Barth

Humiliation — Wayne Koestenbaum

Midnight in Paris — Woody Allen (film)

We Review All Six Seasons of The Sopranos in a Relatively Short Post (television)

The Tree of Life — Terrence Malick (film)

The Third Reich: Part II — Roberto Bolaño

Interviews with Hideous Men — Jessica Yu’s Documentary Protagonist (film)

The Pale King — David Foster Wallace

Light in August — William Faulkner

Is American Psycho Profound, Artistic Nihilism or Stupid, Shallow Nihilism? — Bret Easton Ellis vs David Foster Wallace

Hadji Murad — Leo Tolstoy

New in the Stack: Heinrich Böll, Vaclav & Lena, E.M. Forster, and Bob Mould

The Old, Weird America — Greil Marcus on The World of Bob Dylan’s Basement Tapes

Between Parentheses — Roberto Bolaño

Wilson — Daniel Clowes

Jonathan Littell’s The Kindly Ones Is Lurid Abject Art

First Love and Other Sorrows — Harold Brodkey

The Third Reich: Part I — Roberto Bolaño

In Brief: Novels from Siri Hustvedt, Katherine Shonk, and Benjamin Black

Orlando — Virginia Woolf

Diana Comet and Other Improbable Stories — Sandra McDonald

Amulet — Roberto Bolaño

In Brief — New Books from Gabrielle Hamilton, Meg Howrey, and Frances Stonor Saunders

How to Stop Living and Start Worrying — Simon Critchley

The Subject Steve — Sam Lipsyte

Airships — Barry Hannah

Bourbon — Sam K. Cecil

Under the Volcano — Malcolm Lowry

The Road — Vasily Grossman

The Collected Fictions of Gordon Lish (as Read by Gordon Lish)

We Review RTÉ’s Full Cast Audio Recording of James Joyce’s Ulysses

Bloodlands — Timothy Snyder

The Clown — Heinrich Böll

The Vintage Book of American Women Writers

Biblioklept Recommends Five Novels, Some of Them New, Not All of Them German

The Skating Rink — Roberto Bolaño

I Super Hated Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story

The Instructions — Adam Levin

Two Tales of the Tudors: The Tudor Secret by C.W. Gortner and Death and the Virgin Queen by Chris Skidmore

New in Paperback: Ali Shaw Does Creepy Fables, Cathleen Schine Channels Jane Austen, and Joan Schenkar Plumbs Patricia Highsmith

The Novelist’s Lexicon

The Lost Books of the Odyssey — Zachary Mason

Oh Pure and Radiant Heart — Lydia Millet

Pig Earth — John Berger

The Lost Art of Reading — David L. Ulin

A Kidnapping in Milan: The CIA on Trial — Steve Hendricks

The Adventures of Tintin, Vol. 3 — Hergé

Euphemania — Ralph Keyes

Fate, Time, and Language: An Essay on Free Will — David Foster Wallace

The Savage Detectives — Roberto Bolaño

Suttree — Cormac McCarthy

The Hunting of the Snark — Lewis Carroll (with Surreal New Illustrations by Mahendra Singh)

My Year of Flops — Nathan Rabin

The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis

New Books from Dinaw Mengestu, Stephen-Paul Martin, and Susan Straight

Historic Photos of Heroes of the Old West

Sunset Park — Paul Auster

From Hell — Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell

Aurorarama — Jean-Christophe Valtat

Wicked River: The Mississippi When It Last Ran Wild — Lee Sandlin

An Obligatory Review of Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom

Red Harvest — Dashiell Hammett

The Ask — Sam Lipsyte

X’ed Out — Charles Burns

Historic Photos of Outlaws of the Old West

The Mike Hammer Novels — Mickey Spillane

Uncivil Society — Stephen Kotkin

Angels — Denis Johnson

Cowboys Full – James McManus

Blood Meridian — Cormac McCarthy

Cloud Atlas — David Mitchell

W.G. Sebald: Image, Archive, Modernity — J.J. Long

Richard Yates — Tao Lin

Wolf Hall — Hilary Mantel

You Do Understand — Andrej Blatnik

Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other — NPR’s Scott Simon’s New Memoir in Praise of Adoption

Steps — Jerzy Kosinski

The Vanishing of Katharina Linden — Helen Grant

The Passage — Justin Cronin

J.M. Coetzee and Ethics — Anton Lesit & Peter Singer

The Broom of the System — David Foster Wallace

C — Tom McCarthy

Beyond Black — Hilary Mantel

Valhalla Rising — Nicolas Winding Refn (Film)

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet — David Mitchell

The Thieves of Manhattan — Adam Langer

Yeah Yeah YA — New Novels from Laurence Gonzales and Simon Rich

Russian Ark — Aleksandr Sokurov (Film)

On Kindness — Adam Phillips and Barbara Taylor

Collected Prose — Paul Auster

In Brief–New Novels by Janelle Brown, Loretta Stinson, and Tracy Winn

The Canal — Lee Rourke

Ethical Realism (and Grim Decadence) in Hans Fallada’s Wolf Among Wolves

Elliot Allagash — Simon Rich

Home Land — Sam Lipsyte

In Brief — Nick McDonell, Deirdre Madden, and Simon Rich

Butterfly Stories — William T. Vollmann

The Friends of Eddie Coyle — George V. Higgins

In Brief: Beach’s Epistles, Vollmann’s Mummy Sex, and Eggers’s Wild Things

BodyWorld — Dash Shaw

Denis Johnson’s Nobody Move and the Pleasures of Postmodern Crime Fiction

Beatrice and Virgil — Yann Martel

Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life — Steve Almond

Two Visions of Apocalypse: Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood and Martin Bax’s The Hospital Ship

Hotel Iris — Yoko Ogawa

Reviews in Brief: All the Living, The Winter Vault, and Jenniemae & James

The Delighted States — Adam Thirlwell

Reality Hunger — David Shields

Wealtheow — Ashley Crownover

Venus Drive — Sam Lipsyte

“The Narrative Is the Meaning”: More on Ralph Ellison’s Three Days Before the Shooting . . .

The Union Jack — Imre Kertész

Ruby’s Spoon — Anna Lawrence Pietroni

Hiding Man — Tracy Daugherty

Three Days Before the Shooting . . . — Beginning Ralph Ellison’s Posthumous Second Novel

Bright Star — Campion Does Keats (Film)

Historic Photos of Florida Ghost Towns

Occupied City — David Peace

Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned — Wells Tower

Point Omega — Don DeLillo

Jane Bites Back — Michael Thomas Ford

Nazi Literature in the Americas — Roberto Bolaño

The Spare Room — Helen Garner

Sandokan — Nanni Balestrini

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao — Junot Díaz

Roberto Bolaño: The Last Interview

Christmas in the Heart — Bob Dylan (Record)

Distant Star — Roberto Bolaño

Cormac McCarthy’s Issues of Life and Death, Hans Fallada’s Complex Resistance, and Jonathan Lethem’s Bloodless Prose

A Truth Universally Acknowledged — 33 Great Writers on Why We Read Jane Austen

Lucinella — Lore Segal

Angel Time — Anne Rice

The Paris Review Interviews, IV

Time – Eva Hoffman

Bedknobs and Broomsticks (Film)

The Secret Life of Words — Henry Hitchings

Encyclopedia of Weird Westerns — Paul Green

Reborn — Susan Sontag

Blood’s a Rover — James Ellroy

My Father’s Bonus March — Adam Langer

Asterios Polyp — David Mazzucchelli

The Vampire Archives

Bicycle Diaries – David Byrne

The Coral Thief — Rebecca Stott

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters — Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters

Clean Breaks — Richard Hammond and Jeremy Smith

Roberto Bolaño’s 2666 Revisited

The Visitor — Jim O’Rourke (Record)

Marcel Proust’s Search for Lost Time — Patrick Alexander

The Recognitions (Part I) — William Gaddis

Road House, Paul Verhoeven, Modern Action Films, and The Ironic Vision of the Viewer (Film)

Historic Photos of University of Florida Football–Kevin McCarthy

How Fiction Works — James Wood

Inherent Vice — Thomas Pynchon

A Better Angel — Chris Adrian

Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (Film)

Harry Potter Sex Romp, Part II (Film)

Perdido Street Station/The City & The City — China Miéville

By Night in Chile – Roberto Bolaño

Last Evenings on Earth — Roberto Bolaño

Outer Dark — Cormac McCarthy

Away We Go — Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida

In the Land of Invented Languages — Arika Okrent

Bryson’s Dictionary for Writers and Editors — Bill Bryson

The Belly of Paris – Émile Zola

Chicken with Plums – Marjane Satrapi

The Ramen King and I — Andy Raskin

The Rings of Saturn — W.G. Sebald

The 2009 PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories

Historic Photos of Ernest Hemingway

The Penelopiad – Margaret Atwood

Che’s Afterlife: The Legacy of an Image — Michael Casey

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies — Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

Une Semaine de Bonté — Max Ernst

When Skateboards Will Be Free — Saïd Sayrafiezadeh

Bodies — Susie Orbach

Historic Photos of the University of Florida

The Sound and the Fury — William Faulkner

Three New Novels: Brothers, Amberville, and The Post-War Dream

The Ten-Cent Plague — David Hajdu

The Sunset Limited — Cormac McCarthy

William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying, The Perils of Assigned Reading, and A Call for Second Chances

Sum — David Eagleman

Coraline (Film)

The Book Lover – Ali Smith

Child of God — Cormac McCarthy

2666 – Roberto Bolaño

The Nation Guide to the Nation–Richard Lingeman

The Book of Dead Philosophers — Simon Critchley

Amerika — Franz Kafka

A Mercy — Toni Morrison

Roughing It

The Savage Detectives — Roberto Bolaño

The Tenth Muse — Judith Jones

The Wasted Vigil — Nadeem Aslam

The Paris Review Interviews, Volume III

Hitler’s Private Library — Timothy W. Ryback

Bourbon Island 1730 — Olivier Appollodorus and Lewis Trondheim

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: One of Our Favorite Challenged Books

Wabi Sabi–Mark Reibstein and Ed Young

Tree of Smoke — Denis Johnson

High Society–Dave Sim

Moral Relativism — Steven Lukes

In the Land of No Right Angles — Daphne Beal

Violence — Slavoj Žižek

Chemical Chords — Stereolab (Record)

The Rough Guide to Conspiracy Theories

Underworld — Don DeLillo

Be Kind Rewind (Film)

Dad’s Little Helper: Malt Liquor for Grownups (Malt liquor)

To the Castle and Back — Vaclav Havel

Tearing Down the Wall of Sound: The Rise and Fall of Phil Spector

Gob’s Grief — Chris Adrian

Cerebus–Dave Sim

Monster–Walter Dean Myers

The Rum Diary–Hunter S. Thompson

Days of Heaven–Terrence Malick (Film)

Galactic Pot-Healer–Philip K. Dick

Gun, with Occasional Music–Jonathan Lethem

Southland Tales (Film)

No Country for Old Men Reconsidered (Film)

His Dark Materials Trilogy — Philip Pullman

A Diddy in the Sun

Essential Short Story Collections: Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

Cannibalism and the Economy of Sacrifice in Olaudah Equiano’s Interesting Narrative

Essential Short Story Collections: Jesus’ Son

What I Liked About that Zodiac Movie (Film)

Tree of Smoke–Denis Johnson

Historic Photos of Jacksonville

You Don’t Love Me Yet–Jonathan Lethem

The Yiddish Policemen’s Union–Michael Chabon

We Who Are Not as Others–Daniel P. Mannix

Mom and Pop are Zombies!–The Infanticidal Structure of 28 Weeks Later (Film)

Dialogism–Michael Holquist

Dubliners — James Joyce


Journey into Mohawk Country–Van den Bogaert and O’Connor

No Country for Old Men–Cormac McCarthy

Rescue Dawn–Werner Herzog (Film)

Sanctuary–William Faulkner

The Road–Cormac McCarthy

The Children’s Hospital — Chris Adrian

if…. — Lindsay Anderson (Film)

U.S.!–Chris Bachelder

Old Joy (Film)

Leviathan–Jens Harder

End of the Century–The Heartbreaking Story of the Ramones (Film)

Never Break the Chain–Cath Carroll on Fleetwood Mac

Mythologies–Roland Barthes

In the Shadow of No Towers–Art Spiegelman

Afro-Cuban Tales–Lydia Cabrera

Girl With Curious Hair–David Foster Wallace

Riddley Walker–Russell Hoban