This novel of ideas reads like an essay narrated in the first-person by a self-absorbed automaton.
Book Review: “Blue Swan Black Swan” — Madness Made Beautiful
Whether we call this slim volume poetic prose or prose poetry, a novella or a collection of verse, seems beside the point. It is haunting, hypnotic, and moving.
Book Review: “Disquiet” — A Compassionate Litany of Tragedies in the Middle East
This is a timely novel, a lament for the multicultural harmony that has disappeared from Mesopotamia as well as a dire warning: fundamentalism is on the rise, not just in the Middle East but in the West as well.
Book Review: “Brut: Writings on Art & Artists” — Proceed with Caution, But Proceed
These are not persuasive essays; rather, they are thought-provoking juxtapositions of facts, observations, and speculations — with a teleology.
Arts Feature: Recommended Books, 2020
An eclectic round-up of the favorite books of the year from our critics.
Literary Remembrance: Homage to Guy Davenport — Brilliance Worth Savoring
The fifteenth anniversary of the death of a grievously neglected writer whom critics almost universally acclaim a creative genius.
Recommended Books, 2019
An eclectic round-up of our favorite books of the year from our critics.
Book Review: “Five Cities” — Urban Meditations on Turkish History and Culture
Five Cities is a species of psychogeography, a deep map, that weighs the effects of topography, urban environments, and monuments of the past on mood and perspective.