I have a piece on Heinrich Böll up at the Barnes & Noble Review, prompted by Melville House’s re-release of his “essential” works. If you have to pick one, read The Clown.
The German Nobel Laureate Heinrich Böll, for whatever reason, has never enjoyed wide recognition on American shores. No less political than Grass, no less [...]
I had a very short review of The Convert: A Tale of Exile and Extremism by Deborah Baker in Sunday’s issue of The Daily, but given the constraints of both space and technology, I figured I’d embellish here. The Convert is, superficially speaking, a short biography of Maryam Jameelah, formerly Margaret Marcus—a Jewish convert to [...]
There are two narratives about the “future of fiction” that refuse, not without reason, to die. The first is practical: how will the novel survive in a media landscape increasingly hostile to long-form reading, also known as “the book”? Of these there is no shortage, though by now we’ve moved from articles about the death [...]