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December 21, 2023
I just turned sixty-eight.
November 16, 2022
‘The Italian Proust’
Italo Svevo’s late fiction has all the dark irony, self-flagellating introspection, manic obsessiveness, and unapologetic moral perversity of his best-known work.
August 24, 2022
The Fiction of Winners & Losers
Am I being reductive? All of narrative fiction, I’ve suggested, can be sorted into four grand categories.
July 28, 2020
The Chattering Mind
By far the main protagonist of twentieth century literature must be the chattering mind, which usually means the mind that can’t make up its mind, the mind postponing action in indecision and, if we’re lucky, poetry.
June 29, 2012
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