Category Archives: contemporary literature

A Fine Balance

Often, with a single, delicately crafted sentence, the truth and clarity of his vision will pierce your heart. Continue reading

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Revolutionary Road

Sharp, brittle, bloodless, and as beautiful as china. Continue reading

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A Meaningful Life

I love the understated humor and I could really relate to the protagonist. All of the characters seemed extremely fresh (the book was published in 1971.) The wife’s dialogue was especially brilliant, as were the parents from Boise. Continue reading

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Television

the very French combination of ridiculous physical comedy with a spiritually-cleansing send-up of academic pretension tickled my… Continue reading

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The Rings of Saturn

Over the course of several day’s walk through the English countryside, the writer/speaker reminisces and meditates on the local history and architecture, digressing into an exloration of imperialism, colonialism, the nature of time and loss in memory. Continue reading

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The Enthusiast

The Enthusiast is a fun read in a Tom Robbins-y style — youthful, but updated in a blog-topical way for the Internet era of micro-interests and short attention spans. Our man Henry Bay journeys through life and these United States … Continue reading

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The Fig Eater

Shield’s hypnotic first novel follows the criminal investigation of the circumstances surrounding the death of Dora, the subject of Freud’s famous treatise on repression and female sexual hysteria… Continue reading

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The Question of Bruno

Aleksandar Hemon moved to the U.S. from Bosnia in the early 1990s, prior to the siege of Sarajevo. He swiftly learned English and began writing, in his adopted language, stories about the traumas of immigrant experience and the pain of … Continue reading

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The Three-Arched Bridge

It’s the fourteenth century Balkans, and water transportation has recently been monopolized by a shady outfit called “Boats and Rafts” that imposes standard tolls for water crossings. Our fictitious monk-narrator acts as interpreter when two strangers appear in the realm … Continue reading

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