Reviews and riffs of November, 2015 – January, 2016 (and unrelated fox studies)

I was unblocked for years, getting reviews or riffs or whathaveyous out at least once a week. For months now—more than months, really—the words don’t come out, or they come out in quips on Twitter. Or I don’t feel like they’re necessary. I guess that’s fine. I’m not sure what I’m doing with the blog at this point. So anyway, these are the signed pieces on the blog over the last three months.

I reviewed two titles from Nowbrow, Vincent Mahé’s 750 Years in Paris and Victor Hussenot’s The Spectators; both graphic novels center on Paris. 

I also reviewed Paul Kirchner’s The Bus 2.


I riffed on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, suggesting that “SW: TFA takes Star Wars itself (as brand-mythos) as its central subject. The film is “about” Star Wars.”

David Bowie died.

I read Ursula K. Le Guin’s Hainish novels and riffed on them.

And I wondered if anything good happened in Quentin Tarantino’s film The Hateful Eight.

There were several books I wanted to write about and failed to write about in the past three months, notable The Free-Lance Pall Bearers by Ishmael Reed, Vertigo by Joanna Walsh, and Lucia Berlin’s Homesick. They were all great and good and grand.

Unrelated Studies of a Fox (1669-1671) by Pieter Boel:


2 thoughts on “Reviews and riffs of November, 2015 – January, 2016 (and unrelated fox studies)”

  1. please do not leave the fray…
    I learn a great deal from you and often share you with others
    wishing you well… I guess that means I’ve leapt to the assumption that something’s got you down…
    I hope you feel some sense of support, to recall that old axiom [isn’t it some old axiom, somewhere?] about great art needing societal/political/economic ills to fertilize / foment its creation?
    Or, something like that.
    [ps: just for the heck of it] — btw — six of us are going to a preview performance this weekend of Goodman Theatre’s Robert Fall’s staging of 2666. Is it weird to say, I can’t wait … and …why not — one of our artist-son’s good friends from high school is in the cast …
    Carry on, Mister Turner.


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