Gary Shteyngart Is Worried About the Future

I have a new review of Gary’s Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story up at the Barnes & Noble Review.
Gary Shteyngart is worried about the future. He is worried about the failure of democracy, about the degradation of language, and about our increasing enslavement to technology. He is worried about money. He [...]

Tom McCarthy Saves the Novel, Maybe

When Tom McCarthy’s Remainder was first published in 2007, I remember giving a couple reviews a diligent skim and dismissing it as weird.  (Weird is not my thing.)  I’ve now since torn through it, and am surprised to find its weirdness almost entirely warranted by the breadth of McCarthy’s ambition. Contrary to my suspicions, it [...]

David Grann’s Masterpiece Theater

Perhaps it’s the heat, or a more general summer lassitude, or the fact that the fat Hungarian novel I’m reading keeps breaking down into unidentified sub-narratives that I can only sort of follow, but my attention span of late has favored the short.  The highlight of the New Yorker backlog that piled up while I [...]

An Ill-Timed Meditation on Allegory

After several days of wandering in the Israeli desert—this was less biblical than it sounds; a bus was involved—I returned from my vacation in the Middle East to learn that José Saramago was dead.  My forays into the strange world of Saramago have been admittedly limited: I’ve read only Blindness and Seeing. But I think [...]

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