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February reading: Gide, Havilio, Berger, Kawakami, Swain, Collins, Nicolson and Sackville-West

I turned to The Counterfeiters this month after rereading and thoroughly enjoying Gide’s Strait is the Gate, which I’d read when a teenager, along with his lyrical and prophetic… 2,007 more words

Monthly Reading

Alicia Kopf's Brother in Ice

Alicia Kopf’s Brother in Ice is subversive. At the beginning I went along with her story as I share Kopf’s evident fascination with the heady days of polar exploration, of nations racing to be first to reach an ever-moving target. 261 more words

Michel Houellebecq

The Calling of an Artist

“On Sunday 28 June, mid-afternoon, Jed accompanied Olga to Roissy airport. It was sad: something inside him understood that they were living a moment of mortal sadness. 267 more words


The Unparalleled Educational Value of Michelle Houellebecq

Happy 2018, dear readers. All the best for this new arbitrary amount of time, and may your resolutions stick this time. ;-)

A much discussed and controversial writer named Michelle Houellebecq has crossed my path many times and my mind even more frequently. 607 more words


In praise of rhetoric

The academic study of literature leads basically nowhere, as we all know, unless you happen to be an especially gifted student, in which case it prepares you for a career teaching the academic study of literature. 421 more words


Disgrace and Submission

J.M. Coetzee’s Disgrace and Michel Houellebecq’s Submission are strikingly similar on more than a surface level. Critics and analysts will discard their similarities as nothing more than window dressing.  1,130 more words