Category Archives: fiction

The White Castle by Orhan Pamuk

This novel gripped me like a weird, powerful dream you might have while napping on a lazy clear summer day. You wake up in a daze, disoriented and sweating, but luxuriating in the vivid details and marveling at the intricate folds and turns – the mysterious corners and magical twists of the mind. Continue reading

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When I Was Mortal

Within the first few sentences of this dazzling collection of short stories by the acclaimed Spanish writer Javier Marías, you realize, with a thrilling sense of recognition, that you are in the hands of a master storyteller of Jamesian or … Continue reading

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Andorra

Crisp, clear, descriptive, and golden-ripe, and finely hollowed out, albeit in a real way. Continue reading

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Special Topics in Calamity Physics

Do you remember when you thought the secrets of life were contained in each and every book you pulled off the library shelf? Continue reading

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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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Quicksand

Note that you may also have to loosen your bodice at certain parts, if not rip the whole damn thing off… 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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