I’m in the throes of a renewed love affair with James Salter. Every time I read Salter, I conclude all over again that he’s the best living stylist in English—and apparently I’m not alone. In his introduction to Light Years, Richard Ford writes, “It is an article of faith among readers of fiction that James [...]
The new issue of n1br has launched with my essay on Stephen Schryer’s new book Fantasies of the New Class—a study of how the post-war American novel dealt with the professionalization of intellectual culture.
The humanities have been looking a little haggard lately. The UK recently saw government-mandated cuts to university programs; American universities [...]
I have a review of River of Smoke, the second volume in Amitav Ghosh’s Ibis trilogy, up at the Barnes & Noble Review. I’ve liked Ghosh in the past, and the first volume—once I got past its faux-historical vernacular—made for a spirited summer read. The new installment, not so much.
The second book of a trilogy [...]