Articles by Adam O’Fallon Price

October 18, 2017

In Defense of Third Person 7

I believe third-person narration is the greatest artistic tool humans have devised to tell the story of what it means to be human.

September 21, 2017

[REDACTED]: A Brief Hate Affair 13

Oh, my friends!  Oh, the joy!  The sweet, delicious bliss of finding other readers who hate a book as much as you!

July 31, 2017

Chronicling Life’s White Machine 10

It is not hard to mentally recast writers as social media types: Knausgaard, the maximalist oversharer; Lerner, the pomo ironic; Cusk, the reticent philosopher; Heti, the more traditional diarist.  

May 30, 2017

Sports and Narrative: Looking for the Great Basketball Novel 13

There is, inherent to basketball’s play, an indeterminacy that may not lend itself to conventional narrative.

April 11, 2017

Zone of Strangeness: On John Cheever’s Subjective Suburbs 2

It is the tension between two countervailing urges — the urge for freedom and the urge for safety — that lends Cheever’s work much of its enduring power.

March 9, 2017

Writing Against Yourself: On Leonard Michaels’s Nachman Stories 1

Regardless of how we evaluate a book’s success, it is gratifying and noteworthy to see a artist pushing against his or her own inclinations and instincts.

January 17, 2017

A Tree That Is All Branches: On Rachel Cusk’s ‘Transit’ 2

The peripheral narrative construction of Transit — the feints and evasions and elisions — is finally peripheral to the central pleasure: spending time with the book’s animating intelligence.