Articles by Matthew Jakubowski

October 9, 2012

Love You Madly: The Dorothy Project and Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi’s Fra Keeler 2

Fra Keeler can be viewed as a critique of the attraction many writers, readers, critics, and scholars have to the clichéd glamor of evil, who fetishize the gorgeous anguish associated with men struggling with mental illness. Sure, it may only be fiction. But our enjoyment of it says a lot.

March 9, 2010

Send in the Drowned: Margriet de Moor’s The Storm 1

The Storm offers engaging historical details about the ocean’s power over Dutch life. There are demure sex scenes and macabre, watery deaths. Its bleakness – joy seems banal in this giddily dark book – is often thrilling. But the omniscient narration is choppy and unsteady.