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Adrian, Chris

A Better Angel — Chris Adrian

Gob’s Grief — Chris Adrian

The Children’s Hospital — Chris Adrian

Alexander, Patrick

Marcel Proust’s Search for Lost Time — Patrick Alexander

Almond, Steve

Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life — Steve Almond

Appollodorus, Olivier and Lewis Trondheim

Bourbon Island 1730 — Olivier Appollodorus and Lewis Trondheim

Aslam, Nadeem

The Wasted Vigil — Nadeem Aslam

Atwood, Margaret

On Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, a story about storytelling

A Lazy Riff on Margaret Atwood’s Novel MaddAddam

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

The Penelopiad – Margaret Atwood

Austen, Jane

Emma — Jane Austen

Austen, Jane and Ben H. Winters

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

Austen, Jane and Seth Grahame-Smith

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

Auster, Paul

Sunset Park — Paul Auster

Collected Prose — Paul Auster

Auster, Paul and David Mazzucchelli

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


Bachelder, Chris

U.S.!–Chris Bachelder

Baker, Nicholson

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

Balestrini, Nanni

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

Sandokan — Nanni Balestrini

Ballard, J.G.

Despite our Ballardian present, the High-Rise film adaptation is a nostalgia piece

J.G. Ballard’s degenerate debauched depraved novel High-Rise

Millennium People, despite a great concept and some fascinating ideas, really isn’t so good.

The Essential Short Stories of J.G. Ballard

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

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

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

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)

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)

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

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

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

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

Barbusse, Henri

Bored of Hell

Barth, John

The Sot-Weed Factor — John Barth

Barthes, Roland

Mythologies — Roland Barthes

Bax, Martin

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

Beale, Daphne

In the Land of No Right Angles — Daphne Beal

Bell, Matt

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

Benton, Walter

The Worst Poetry I Have Ever Read

Berger, John

Pig Earth — John Berger

Berlin, Lucia

A review of Lucia Berlin’s excellent short story collection, A Manual for Cleaning Women

Bernhard, Thomas

Riff #2 on Thomas Bernhard’s Old Masters

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

Riff on Thomas Bernhard’s Old Masters

Gargoyles, Thomas Bernhard’s Philosophical Novel of Abject Madness

A Riff on Thomas Bernhard’s Novel The Loser

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

Binet, Laurent

Laurent Binet’s HHhH Is a Thrilling Intertextual Adventure Story

Blatnik, Andrei

You Do Understand — Andrej Blatnik

Bolaño, Roberto

“The Return,” one of my favorite ghost stories

Bolaño’s The Unknown University

Borges Contra Bolaño

True Detective, Bolaño’s 2666, Werewolves, Etc

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

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

Intertexuality and Structure in Roberto Bolaño’s 2666

Roberto Bolaño’s Powers of Horror

Bolaño’s Werewolves

The Third Reich: Part III — Roberto Bolaño

The Third Reich: Part II — Roberto Bolaño

Between Parentheses — Roberto Bolaño

The Third Reich: Part I — Roberto Bolaño

Amulet — Roberto Bolaño

The Skating Rink — Roberto Bolaño

The Savage Detectives — Roberto Bolaño

Nazi Literature in the Americas — Roberto Bolaño

Roberto Bolaño: The Last Interview

Distant Star — Roberto Bolaño

Roberto Bolaño’s 2666 Revisited

By Night in Chile – Roberto Bolaño

Last Evenings on Earth — Roberto Bolaño

2666 – Roberto Bolaño

The Savage Detectives — Roberto Bolaño

Böll, Heinrich

The Clown — Heinrich Böll

Borges, Jorge Luis

Borges Contra Bolaño

Borges Riff/Borges Anxiety

Bowles, Jane

Jane Bowles’s novel Two Serious Ladies confounds with sinister humor and dark delight

Bowles, Paul

At any moment they could could swell and become something other than what they were | A riff on Paul Bowles

Brodkey, Harold

First Love and Other Sorrows — Harold Brodkey

Brody, Leslie

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

Brooks, Marshall

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

Brown, Mick

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

Bryson, Bill

Bryson’s Dictionary for Writers and Editors — Bill Bryson

Büchner, Georg 

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

Bulgakov, Mikhail

A quick note on Mikhail Bulgakov’s novel The Heart of a Dog

Mikhail Bulgakov’s Novel The Master and Margarita Reviewed

Burns, Charles

Charles Burns’s Sugar Skull Reviewed

Charles Burns Enriches His Wonderfully Weird Trilogy with The Hive

X’ed Out — Charles Burns

Burroughs, William S.

100 Point William Burroughs Riff

Byrne, David

Bicycle Diaries – David Byrne


Cabrera, Lydia

Afro-Cuban Tales–Lydia Cabrera

Capek, Karel

War With the Newts — Karel Capek

Carroll, Cath

Never Break the Chain–Cath Carroll on Fleetwood Mac

Carroll, Lewis

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

Casey, Michael

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

Catling, Brian

Lost in The Vorrh

Cecil, Sam K.

Bourbon — Sam K. Cecil

Chabon, Michael

The Yiddish Policemen’s Union–Michael Chabon

Chrostowska, S.D.

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

Clowes, Daniel

Mister Wonderful — Daniel Clowes

Wilson — Daniel Clowes

Cody, Joshua

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

Cole, Teju

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

Collins, Stephen

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

Coover, Robert

A review of Robert Coover’s excellent new novel Huck Out West

Critchley, Simon

How to Stop Living and Start Worrying — Simon Critchley

The Book of Dead Philosophers — Simon Critchley

Cronin, Justin

The Passage — Justin Cronin

Cross, August

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

Crownover, Ashley

Wealtheow — Ashley Crownover


Dahl, Roald

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

Dara, Evan

A Conversation about Evan Dara’s Novel Flee (Part 2)

A Conversation about Evan Dara’s Novel Flee (Part 1)

Some notes on beginning Evan Dara’s novel Flee

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

Davies, W.H.

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

Davis, Lydia

The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis

Daugherty, Tracy

Hiding Man, Tracy Daugherty Biography of Donald Barthelme

Dawson, Ashley

Extinction, Gilgamesh, Miyazaki’s Wolfchild, etc. (A Riff)

De Botton, Alain

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

Delany, Samuel

Samuel R. Delany’s Dhalgren: I quit

DeLillo, Don

Point Omega — Don DeLillo

Underworld — Don DeLillo

Den Bogaert, Van and George O’Connor

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

DeWitt, Helen

Helen DeWitt’s novel Lightning Rods just wasn’t for me

Diaz, Junot

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao — Junot Díaz

Di Benedetto, Antonio

Let me recommend Antonio di Benedetto’s overlooked novel Zama

Dick, Philip K.

Philip K. Dick’s novel Martian Time-Slip

The Transmigration of Timothy Archer — Philip K. Dick

Galactic Pot-Healer — Philip K. Dick

Dostoevsky, Fyodor

I Riff on Dostoevsky’s Novel Crime and Punishment


Eagleman, David

Sum — David Eagleman

Eggers, Dave and Vendela Vida

Away We Go — Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida

Ellis, Bret Easton

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

Ellison, Ralph

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

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

Ellroy, James

Blood’s a Rover — James Ellroy

Equiano, Olaudah

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

Ernst, Max

Une Semaine de Bonté — Max Ernst

Eugenides, Jeffrey

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


Fallada, Hans

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

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

Faulkner, William

Light in August — William Faulkner

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

The Sound and the Fury — William Faulkner

Sanctuary – William Faulkner

Ferrante, Elena

Dissolving boundaries | Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels

Ford, Michael Thomas

Jane Bites Back — Michael Thomas Ford

Franzen, Jonathan

An Obligatory Review of Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom

Frost, Laura

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


Gaddis, William

William Gaddis’s J R (A short riff on a long book)

The Inhumanity Museum (The Recognitions)

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

A Riff on William Gaddis’s The Recognitions

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

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

The Recognitions (Part I) — William Gaddis

Garner, Helen

The Spare Room — Helen Garner

Gass, William H. 

Wallace contra Gass

The Inhumanity Museum (Middle C)

Gombrowicz, Witold

Trans-Atlantyk — Witold Gombrowicz

Gonzales, Laurence

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

Grant, Helen

The Vanishing of Katharina Linden — Helen Grant

Green, Paul

Encyclopedia of Weird Westerns — Paul Green

Greene, Graham

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

Grossman, Vasily

The Road — Vasily Grossman


Hajdu, David

The Ten-Cent Plague — David Hajdu

Hammett, Dashiell

Red Harvest — Dashiell Hammett

Hammond, Richard and Jeremy Smith

Clean Breaks — Richard Hammond and Jeremy Smith

Hannah, Barry

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

Ray — Barry Hannah

Airships — Barry Hannah

Hansberry, Lorraine

A Diddy in the Sun

Hanshe, Rainer J.

This is not a review of Shattering the Muses, a strange hybrid “novel” by Rainer J. Hanshe and Federico Gori

Harbach, Chad

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

Harder, Jens

Leviathan — Jens Harder

Havel, Vaclav

To the Castle and Back — Vaclav Havel

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

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

Hemingway, Ernest

The Garden of Eden — Ernest Hemingway

Historic Photos of Ernest Hemingway

Hendricks, Steve

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

Hergé

The Adventures of Tintin, Vol. 3 — Hergé

Herrera, Yuri

Yuri Herrera’s Kingdom Cons condenses myth into vibrant narco noir

Yuri Herrera’s Signs Preceding the End of the World is sharp subterranean fiction

Higgins, George V.

The Friends of Eddie Coyle — George V. Higgins

Hitchings, Henry

The Secret Life of Words — Henry Hitchings

Hoban, Russell

Riddley Walker — Russell Hoban

Hoffman, Eva

Time – Eva Hoffman

Hollander, Jessica

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

Holquist, Michael

Dialogism -– Michael Holquist

Houellebecq, Michel

Riffing on Michel Houellebecq’s Novel The Elementary Particles

Ishiguro, Kazuo

The Buried Giant — Kazuo Ishiguro

Iyer, Lars

A Riff on Lars Iyer’s Novel Exodus

Spurious — Lars Iyer


Johnson, Adam

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

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

Johnson, Denis

Denis Johnson’s Train Dreams Is a Perfect Audiobook

Denis Johnson’s Train Dreams Is a Perfect Novella

Angels — Denis Johnson

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

Tree of Smoke — Denis Johnson

Essential Short Story Collections: Jesus’ Son

Tree of Smoke–Denis Johnson

Jones, Judith

The Tenth Muse — Judith Jones

Joyce, James

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

Dubliners — James Joyce

How to Read James Joyce’s Ulysses (and Why You Should Avoid “How-to” Guides Like This One)


Kafka, Franz

Amerika — Franz Kafka

Kang, Han

Not a review of Han Kang’s novel The Vegetarian

The Vegetarian

Kechagiar, Allen

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

Kendall, Stuart

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

Kertesz, Imre

The Union Jack — Imre Kertész

Keyes, Ralph

Euphemania — Ralph Keyes

Kirchner, Paul

The Bus 2 — Paul Kirchner

The Bus — Paul Kirchner

Koestenbaum, Wayne

Humiliation — Wayne Koestenbaum

Kosinski, Jerzy

Steps — Jerzy Kosinski

Kotkin, Stephen

Uncivil Society — Stephen Kotkin

Krzhizhanovsky, Sigizmund

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


Langer, Adam

The Thieves of Manhattan — Adam Langer

My Father’s Bonus March — Adam Langer

Lavender-Smith, Evan

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

L’Engle, Madeleine

Revisiting A Wrinkle in Time

Le Guin, Ursula K.

The Hainish novels of Ursula K. Le Guin

Rocannon’s World

The Lathe of Heaven — Ursula K. Le Guin

Lerner, Ben

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

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

Lesit, Anton and Peter Singer

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

Lessing, Doris

What’s Got Into You? | Ventriloquism in The Golden Notebook

The Inhumanity Muesum (The Golden Notebook)

Lethem, Jonathan

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

Gun, with Occasional Music — Jonathan Lethem

You Don’t Love Me Yet — Jonathan Lethem

Levin, Adam

The Instructions — Adam Levin

Lin, Tao

Richard Yates — Tao Lin

Lingeman, Richard

The Nation Guide to the Nation –- Richard Lingeman

Lipsyte, Sam

The Subject Steve — Sam Lipsyte

The Ask — Sam Lipsyte

Home Land — Sam Lipsyte

Venus Drive — Sam Lipsyte

Lish, Gordon

Cess — Gordon Lish

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

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

Lispector, Clarice

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

Littell, Jonathan

Jonathan Littell’s The Kindly Ones Is Lurid Abject Art

Long, J.J.

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

Lowry, Malcolm

Under the Volcano — Malcolm Lowry

Lukes, Steve

Moral Relativism — Steven Lukes


Macdonald, Dwight

The Cranky Brilliance of Dwight Macdonald’s Midcult and Masscult

Mannix, Daniel P.

We Who Are Not as Others–Daniel P. Mannix

Mantel, Hilary

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

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)

Wolf Hall — Hilary Mantel

Beyond Black — Hilary Mantel

Marcus, Ben

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

Marcus, Greil

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

Markson, David

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

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

Martel, Yann

Beatrice and Virgil — Yann Martel

Martin, George R.R.

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

Mason, Zachary

The Lost Books of the Odyssey — Zachary Mason

Mazzucchelli, David

Asterios Polyp — David Mazzucchelli

McCarthy, Cormac

Does Suttree die?

Reading There Will Be Blood as the expanded epilogue to Blood Meridian

Suttree — Cormac McCarthy

Blood Meridian — Cormac McCarthy

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

Outer Dark — Cormac McCarthy

The Sunset Limited — Cormac McCarthy

Child of God — Cormac McCarthy

No Country for Old Men — Cormac McCarthy

The Road – Cormac McCarthy

McCarthy, Kevin

Historic Photos of University of Florida Football–Kevin McCarthy

McCarthy, Tom

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

C — Tom McCarthy

McCrea, Barry

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

McCullers, Carson

A riff on rereading Carson McCullers’ novel The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

McDonald, Sandra

Diana Comet and Other Improbable Stories — Sandra McDonald

McManus, James

Cowboys Full – James McManus

McNaught, Jon

Jon McNaught’s Birchfield Close Is a Tranquil Visual Poem

Melville, Herman

Moby-Dick: A Short Riff on a Long Book

The Problems of Bartleby

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

Mieville, China

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

Miller, Frank

Frank Miller, Fascist Mouthpiece, Is a Cranky Old Hack

Frank Miller Reconsidered

Miller, Keith

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

Millet, Lydia

Oh Pure and Radiant Heart — Lydia Millet

Mitchell, David

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

Cloud Atlas — David Mitchell

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet — David Mitchell

Moore, Alan and Eddie Campbell

From Hell — Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell

Morrison, Toni

A Mercy — Toni Morrison

Muradov, Roman

Roman Muradov’s graphic novella Jacob Bladders and the State of the Art reviewed

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

Murakami, Haruki

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

Murnane, Gerald

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

Riffing Over Gerald Murnane’s Inland

Mutis, Álvaro

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

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

The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll — Álvaro Mutis

Myers, Walter Dean

Monster — Walter Dean Myers


Noll, João Gilberto

A review of João Gilberto Noll’s surreal novella Quiet Creature on the Corner

Novy, Adam

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


O’Brien, Flann

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

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

O’Brien, Tim

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

O’Connor, Flannery

The Inhumanity Museum

Ogawa, Yoko

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

Hotel Iris — Yoko Ogawa

Okrent, Arika

In the Land of Invented Languages — Arika Okrent

Olson, Charles

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

Orbach, Susie

Bodies — Susie Orbach


Peace, David

Occupied City — David Peace

Perec, Georges

Something on Georges Perec’s La Boutique Obscure

Phillips, Adam and Barbara Taylor

On Kindness — Adam Phillips and Barbara Taylor

Pietroni, Anna Lawrence

Ruby’s Spoon — Anna Lawrence Pietroni

Proust, Marcel

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

Marcel Proust’s Search for Lost Time — Patrick Alexander

Pullman, Philip

His Dark Materials Trilogy — Philip Pullman

Pynchon, Thomas

A last riff (for now) on Gravity’s Rainbow (and Disney’s Fantasia)

What the hell is Pynchon in Public Day?

In which I read Playboy for the Thomas Pynchon article

A first riff on rereading Gravity’s Rainbow (and some thoughts on Weisenburger’s Companion)

Riff on the end/beginning of Gravity’s Rainbow

A scattered riff on Thomas Pynchon’s novel Gravity’s Rainbow

A rambling and possibly incoherent riff on Inherent Vice (film and novel) and The Crying of Lot 49

Thomas Pynchon’s Mason & Dixon (Third Riff)

Thomas Pynchon’s Mason & Dixon (Second Riff)

Thomas Pynchon’s Mason & Dixon (First Riff)

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

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

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

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)

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

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

Inherent Vice — Thomas Pynchon


Rabin, Nathan

My Year of Flops — Nathan Rabin

Raskin, Andy

The Ramen King and I — Andy Raskin

Reed, Ishmael

A review of Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down, Ishmael Reed’s syncretic Neo-HooDoo revenge Western

Reibstein, Mark and Ed Young

Wabi Sabi – Mark Reibstein and Ed Young

Rich, Simon

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

Elliot Allagash — Simon Rich

Rice, Anne

Angel Time — Anne Rice

Rosero, Evelio

Good Offices — Evelio Rosero

Rourke, Lee

Lee Rourke’s Vulgar Things

The Canal — Lee Rourke

Ryback, Timothy W.

Hitler’s Private Library — Timothy W. Ryback


Sandlin, Lee

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

Satrapi, Marjane

Chicken with Plums – Marjane Satrapi

Saunders, George

Jangly George Saunders — Tenth of December Reviewed

Pastoralia — George Saunders

Sayrafiezadhe, Said

When Skateboards Will Be Free — Saïd Sayrafiezadeh

Schmidt, Arno

>intoxication o’r dizziness< | On “starting” Arno Schmidt’s enormous novel Bottom’s Dream

Schofield, Bob

The Inevitable June — Bob Schofield

Schwartz, Jason

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

Sebald, W.G.

The Rings of Saturn — W.G. Sebald

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

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

Segal, Lore

Lucinella — Lore Segal

Shakespeare, William

Riff on William Shakespeare

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Shaw, Dash

BodyWorld — Dash Shaw

Shields, David

Reality Hunger — David Shields

Shteyngart, Gary

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

Shuker, Carl

Carl Shuker’s Anti Lebanon Reviewed

Sim, Dave

High Society – Dave Sim

Cerebus — Dave Sim

Singh, Mahendra

In American Candide, Mahendra Singh reboots Voltaire’s classic satire

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

Simon, Scott

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

Smith, Ali

The Book Lover – Ali Smith

Snyder, Timothy

Bloodlands — Timothy Snyder

Sontag, Susan

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

Reborn — Susan Sontag

Spiegelman, Art

In the Shadow of No Towers — Art Spiegelman

Spillane, Mickey

The Mike Hammer Novels — Mickey Spillane

Stendhal

A short report from The Charterhouse of Parma

Another short report from The Charterhouse of Parma

Stephenson, Neal

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

Stott, Rebecca

The Coral Thief — Rebecca Stott


Tanner, Haley

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

Thirlwell, Adam

The Delighted States — Adam Thirlwell

Thompson, Hunter S.

The Rum Diary – Hunter S. Thompson

Tolkien, J.R.R.

The Hobbit Reconsidered as a Picaresque Novel

Tolstoy, Leo

Hadji Murad — Leo Tolstoy

Tower, Wells

Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned — Wells Tower

Twain, Mark

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


Ulin, David

The Lost Art of Reading — David L. Ulin


Valtat, Jean-Christophe

Aurorarama — Jean-Christophe Valtat

Vollmann, William T.

William T. Vollmann’s Central Europe

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

The Myth of the Vollmann

Butterfly Stories — William T. Vollmann

Voltaire

Candide — Voltaire

Vulliamy, Ed

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


Wallace, David Foster

A brief note to readers new to Infinite Jest, including a list of motifs

On the first 299 pages of Infinite Jest

Wallace contra Gass

DFW’s Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, books as memory objects, etc.

Phantoms and Ghosts in DFW’s Novel The Pale King

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

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

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

The Pale King — David Foster Wallace

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

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

The Broom of the System — David Foster Wallace

Girl With Curious Hair — David Foster Wallace

Essential Short Story Collections: Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

Ware, Chris

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

Reading Chris Ware’s Building Stories / Disconnect

Reading Chris Ware’s Building Stories / Two Short Loops

Reading Chris Ware’s Building Stories / Untitled Wordless Loop

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

Reading Chris Ware’s Building Stories / I just met

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

Wiley, Michael

A Bad Night’s Sleep — Michael Wiley

Williams, John

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

Wood, James

James Wood’s The Fun Stuff Reviewed

How Fiction Works — James Wood

Woolf, Virginia

Orlando — Virginia Woolf


Zink, Nell

Nell Zink’s debut novel The Wallcreeper

Zola, Emile

The Belly of Paris – Émile Zola

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FILM REVIEWS

Abrams, JJ

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Allen, Woody

Midnight in Paris — Woody Allen

Anderson, Lindsay

if…. — Lindsay Anderson

Anderson, Paul Thomas

A rambling and possibly incoherent riff on Inherent Vice (film and novel) and The Crying of Lot 49

A few quick thoughts on Paul Thomas Anderson’s film Inherent Vice

Reading There Will Be Blood as the expanded epilogue to Blood Meridian

A few quick thoughts on Paul Thomas Anderson’s film Inherent Vice

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

Anderson, Wes

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

Aronofsky, Darrren

Noah Riff

Bong, Joon-ho

Snowpiercer Riff

Campion, Jane

Bright Star — Campion Does Keats

Carax, Leos

Holy Motors Is A Strange Cinematic Prayer

Carruth, Shane

A Short Riff on Shane Carruth’s Film Upstream Color

Coen Brothers

The Coen Brothers’ film Hail, Caesar! adds up to less than the sum of its parts

No Country for Old Men Reconsidered

Cornish, Joe

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

Cuarón, Alfonso

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

Del Toro, Guillermo

Explication/Confusion of Pacific Rim in Ten Images

Fincher, David

What I Liked About that Zodiac Movie

Fresnadillo, Jaun Carlos

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

Gee, Grant

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

Glazer, Jonathan

Under the Skin

Gondry, Michel

Be Kind Rewind

Gramaglia, Michael and Jim Fields

End of the Century – The Heartbreaking Story of the Ramones

Green, David Gordon

David Gordon Green’s Prince Avalanche Reviewed

Herrington, Rowdy

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

Herzog, Werner

Rescue Dawn–Werner Herzog

Iñárritu, Alejandro González

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Film Birdman Reviewed

Jarmusch, Jim

Curation and Creation in Only Lovers Left Alive, Jim Jarmusch’s Vampire Film

Jodorowsky, Alejandro (Yeah, I know he wasn’t the director here but c’mon)

A Riff on Jodorowsky’s Dune

Jonze, Spike

The Abject Body and Spike Jonze’s Her

Kar-Wai, Wong

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

Kelly, Richard

Southland Tales

Korine, Harmony

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

Linklater, Richard

A short riff on a favorite scene from Richard Linklater’s film Boyhood

Luhrmann, Baz

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

Lynch, David

INLAND EMPIRE — David Lynch

Malick,Terrence

Reading The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life — Terrence Malick

Days of Heaven – Terrence Malick

Melrod, Josh and Tara Wray

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

Miller, George

Mad Max: Fury Road

Miyazaki, Hayao

Extinction, Gilgamesh, Miyazaki’s Wolfchild, etc. (A Riff)

Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea

Refn, Nicolas Winding

Valhalla Rising — Nicolas Winding Refn

Reichardt, Kelly

Old Joy

Richter, W.D.

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

Ross, Gary

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

Scott, Ridley

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

Selick, Henry

Coraline

Sokurov, Aleksander

Russian Ark — Aleksandr Sokurov

Stevenson, Robert

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Tarantino, Quentin

Does anything good happen in The Hateful Eight?

Too Many Cooks

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

Verhoeven, Paul

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

Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer  

I Riff on the Cloud Atlas Movie

In Which I Review the Cloud Atlas Film Trailer

Wheatley, Ben

Despite our Ballardian present, the High-Rise film adaptation is a nostalgia piece

Yates, David

Harry Potter Sex Romp, Part II

Yu, Jessica

Interviews with Hideous Men — Jessica Yu’s Documentary Protagonist

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TELEVISION REVIEWS

John from Cincinnati 

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

Mad Men

On Mad Men’s cynical finale

The Sopranos

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

The Wire

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

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

True Detective

True Detective Season 2 is a neon noir satire.

True Detective, Bolaño’s 2666, Werewolves, Etc

“Haunted Houses” | Another True Detective Riff

A Rambling Riff on True Detective

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

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

Twin Peaks

My log has a message for you | Twin Peaks: The Return, Part 1

Westworld

A riff on the Westworld pilot, “The Original”

“A wild dream of a witch-meeting” | Westworld episode two reviewed

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MISCELLANY

Anthologies

New American Stories, edited by Ben Marcus

theNewerYork, a Worthy Alternative to Your iPhone

theNewerYork #2 Reviewed

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

The Vintage Book of American Women Writers

The Novelist’s Lexicon

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

The Paris Review Interviews, IV

The Vampire Archives

The 2009 PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories

Roughing It

The Paris Review Interviews, Volume III

Art and Photography

Riff on Goya’s Painting Highwaymen Attacking a Coach

Historic Photos of the University of Florida

Historic Photos of Ernest Hemingway

Historic Photos of Florida Ghost Towns

Historic Photos of Jacksonville

Music Reviews

Christmas in the Heart — Bob Dylan

Chemical Chords — Stereolab

The Visitor — Jim O’Rourke

Simple Songs — Jim O’Rourke

Stray Essays

Doré’s Ghost of Banquo

A RIFF ON STUFF I WISH I’D WRITTEN ABOUT IN THE FIRST HALF OF 2014

Riff on Not Writing

The Special Pleasures of Guest Room Reading

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

Three Beautiful Books For Children (and Adults)

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

Microreviews

A Riff on the Kindle Fire

Horse Movies Suck

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

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)

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

Newt’s Children, Dystopian Visions, and Greenzone America

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

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

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