Category: On Reading
What Do We Mean By “Readable”?
Some remarks by Sam Byers on the “readability” of contemporary literature.
From Criteria to Credo
An overview of my disposition towards reading genre fiction.
In Memoriam, Stan Lee
In memoriam, Stan Lee (1922-2018).
A response to Sam Byers’ take on the refrain that Anna Burns’ Milkman is a “difficult” novel.
In Memoriam, Ursula K. LeGuin
In memoriam, Ursula K. LeGuin (1929-2018).
Attentiveness and Devotion
Notes on encountering the poetry of Mary Oliver.
In Memoriam, John Ashbery
In memoriam, John Ashbery (1927-2017).
Mary Gaitskill’s Mechanicalness
On Merve Emre’s response to Durga Chew-Bose and Mary Gaitskill.
What Could Have Been
A reconsideration and appreciation of Colson Whitehead’s The Colossus of New York.
Fugitives and Followers
A dissent from the widespread praise for Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad, with some notes on its debts to Edward P. Jones and Cormac McCarthy.