The blog of an easily distracted reader.
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Manly Wade Wellman
The week of Halloween this year I read seven books by Manly Wade Wellman. Wellman slips in close to sublimity in many stories and novels, an...
Tadzio & Giovanni
....Later on, Tadzio lay in the sand resting from his swim, a white towel drawn under his right shoulder, his head on his bare arm. E...
Folk horror nightmare: Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
Strange the dreams Aschenbach has when the Asiatic cholera kicks in: …That night he had a fearful dream-if dream be the right word for a men...
Tonio Kröger, martyr to his art and craft, suspected con-man in his home town, voyages to a vacation stop on Elsinore. A monstrous storm at ...
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
Quite a book for 1956. U.S. creep David whiles away his time procrastinating like a Peter Pan narcissist in Paris, living off friends and in...
Sunday, November 11, 2018
Sickness unto self-congratulation: Ravelstein by Saul Bellow
Chick, older than Ravelstein, has borne witness to his great friend's death. Ravelstein had charged him to write an intimate biography o...
Saturday, November 10, 2018
Mrs. Bridge and Mr. Bridge by Evan S. Connell
Connell's novels about India and Walter Bridge are now at the top of my list. Mrs. Bridge is the stronger, giving us every aspect of In...
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