A grotesque Slovenian novel of plague and witch trials, set in the 17th century. It chronicles a single man’s psychic dissolution in the face of conflicting chaos and superstition.
[This is an old review which I'm bumping because Open Letters has recently republished this book, for which I am grateful. It has stayed with me as one of the greatest Communist allegories I have […]
[Introductory note: this is a very old paper. It strikes me now as immensely callow in voice and construction, yet I don't find it too embarrassing. I think this is because Kafka is very receptive […]
Slightly late here, but I did write an essay on Nikolai Leskov over at the Quarterly Conversation, the fantastic and strange 19th century Russian writer. I hope his works are reprinted and retranslated. My old […]
Rejecting any possibility of an essential identity, his notion is of the self as purely contingent, a shape-shifting construction of altering circumstances. The individual, Goffman says, arrives into an already established social world, and is […]
I do not have to pay $3.50 to find out what it feels like to be a Jew. George S. Kaufman on Gentleman’s Agreement I do not like Michael Haneke. I do not like his […]
I’ve been reading Sikoryak’s parodies in one form or another since I was a teenager and saw “Good Ol’ Gregor Brown” (Charlie Brown does Kafka) in RAW. Finally they’ve been collected into a book. Here […]