Iliazd is more interested in working through all the possible reasons that generate behavior rather than grappling with issues of morality.
Book Review: A Complicated Story — Noh Theater and Modernism
Carrie J. Preston refuses to characterize these cultural exchanges in moralistic or narrowly political terms.
Book Review: The Fine-Spun Harmonic Furies of William Gass’s “Middle C”
Despite “Middle C”’s relative cheeriness, the novel passes a tough sentence on the human race, so uncompromising that its protagonist has a hard time writing it down.
Book Review: A Brilliantly Phantasmagorical “Calendar of Regrets”
A novel of echoes, reflections (sometimes inverted), and criss-crossing lines, Lance Olsen’s Calendar of Regrets locates nodes of intersection, spotlights the forgotten, and magnifies the unnoticed. Calendar of Regrets by Lance Olsen. Fiction Collective, 456 pages, $22. By Vincent Czyz Lance Olsen’s Calendar of Regrets had me from the opening scene: a vividly imagined and […]
Commentary/Review: Modernism Takes To The Barricades
In this valuable book, Gabriel Josipovici raises radical doubts about the aesthetic and spiritual satisfactions of conventional storytelling as well as the unquestioned values of realism, at one point condemning writers simply content to tell a story “and telling it in such a way as to make readers feel that they are not reading about […]
Coming Attractions at Museums: May 2010
By Peter Walsh Sowers United at the Museum of Fine Arts Despite the Romantic Era notion that great art is always original, artists have always borrowed (or “reimagined” or stolen) each other’s ideas. Modern copyright lawyers would have had a field day with van Gogh’s various Sowers—blatant rip-offs (or “homages” if you prefer) of Millet’s […]