In Defense of Javier Marías

Javier Marías, whose latest novel has been crowned as a masterpiece and whose name is perennially tossed around as a candidate for the Nobel, is not an author in desperate need of defending, not least by me.  But he’s one of my favorite authors, and thus I feel compelled to say a few words on [...] reputable online casinos australia

Is Tom McCarthy’s C a Hoax?

I have come full circle on Tom McCarthy.  I read Remainder skeptically, expecting to hate it only to spend a weekend completely in its grip.  On the strength of this first impression, I had high hopes for his new novel, the cryptically titled C. Thus it is with a heavy heart that I must report: [...]

Mill in Minnesota: Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom

The ruckus caused by the arrival of Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom in the weeks before it even hit stores is already well documented.  There was the Great Future of Fiction debate, the Great Chauvinism debate, and the proclamations of uncompromised Greatness.  Part of me is already sick of hearing about it, but that hardly seems fair [...]