A great year for fiction, a good year for non-fiction, a bad year for thinning my to-read list.
John Marston was one of the nastier Renaissance playwrights, and his lack of restraint eventually appears to have gotten him in so much trouble that he had to leave the stage altogether and enter the […]
What is the purpose of Shakespeare’s silly and cynical “tragedy’ Troilus and Cressida? It is ultimately a rejoinder to cynicism.
Joseph McElroy’s novel about a brain in a vat on a spaceship attempts to use language to portray a situation that defies language. It works.
Austrian writer/painter Mela Hartwig’s short novel from 1931 portrays a misfit who is at once self-loathing yet keenly arrogant.
Portnoy’s Complaint no longer resonates. It has become a snapshot of a culture that emancipated its scions from itself.
Genese Grill’s study of The Man Without Qualities provides a guide through the mystical “Other Condition” in the elusive latter portions of Robert Musil’s modernist novel.