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After a Summer of British Novels, a Cleansing of the Palate

In order to help get in the mood for a fall semester in London, I’ve been reading nothing but British novels this summer. So far I’ve covered… 941 more words

Frank Norris's Octopus

I’ve just finished one of the notable novels about the American West, The Octopus by Frank Norris. Norris, also a talented short story writer, finished the book around the age of thirty and, sadly, only survived the book’s 1901 publication by a year or two. 222 more words

Didion's trumpet

     I mean maybe I was holding all the aces, but what was the game? — Joan Didion, Play It As It Lays (1970)

     I doubt if any portrayal of the sordid side of Hollywood (the entertainment industry) equals the brutal scathing honesty of Joan Didion’s 1970 novel Play it as it Lays. 143 more words