The Kremlin Ball by Curzio Malaparte (1898-1957) Translated from the Italian by Jenny McPhee 223 pp. New York Review of Books. $15.95 I believe that because of our innate idealism (and our data regurgitation education system) we like to think of history as a long list of dates that act as little islands. We arrive at one island and then are catapulted to the next … Continue reading A Very Short Review of "The Kremlin Ball: (Material for a Novel)" by Curzio Malaparte
The Farm By Hector Abad (1958-) Translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean 468 pp. Archipelago Books. $20 I was a curious little kid. Almost too curious. Whenever the adults would sit around and chat the past I would silently sit next to them and absorb their stories. The stories of people who had been long dead felt alive. From this thirst for stories I … Continue reading An Exhausting Family History: Review of "The Farm" by Hector Abad
“Love can transpose to form and dignity: Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind.” – William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream Love by Hanne Ørstavik (1969-) Translated from the Norwegian by Martin Aitken 125 pp. Archipelago Books. $17 Love is not a manifesto about family values or a case study about the psychological harm single, working mothers can cause. Instead Love is … Continue reading We Found Love in a Frozen Place: A Review of "Love"
The Inkblots: Hermann Rorschach, His Iconic Test, and the Power of Seeing By Damion Searls 406 pp. Broadway Books. $17.00 There are very few books that we objectively need. An objective need doesn’t stem from a cliffhanger but rather a void or a gap in human knowledge. We don’t objectively need another James Patterson novel, but we did need a biography of Hermann Rorschach. The … Continue reading I See A Much-Needed but Exhausting Biography: A Review of "The Inkblots"
[Editor’s Note: The following article is not a collection of reviews but rather a general reflection on some of the things Dan read, listened to, and watched in the last few days. Since they are not reviews, they should not be treated as such. I, unlike Dan, believe that some of them should be separated, expanded, and then published as reviews. But I am merely … Continue reading Weekly Art Consumption: A Few Fragments about Senses Fail’s new album, Love, White Teeth, and “Black Panther.”
Articles about your favorite products, accomplishments, etc. from the previous year have to be posted between December 31st and January 3rd. The following article is about 2 months late. I have been busy. I sure as hell recommended books from the ones I had read in 2017 but I hadn’t written about any of them (Of the 98 books I read only Whatever by Michel … Continue reading The Best and Worst Books I Read in 2017: A Long Overdue Article