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October 7, 2011

Modern Library Revue: #76 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie 6


It is a dark and lovely poem, written by the possessor of a sinister wit.

September 16, 2011

Modern Library Revue: #25 A Passage to India 4


This gets to the heart of both my admiration and my anxieties about this novel. How can we write across culture, or think across culture, even, in a way that is fair? The cowardly answer is that we can’t.

March 17, 2011

Modern Library Revue: #4 Lolita 7


(A signal event in English, by a Russian, about sex with children, published by a French purveyor of mostly-filth of a pretty banal sort.)

December 30, 2010

Modern Library Revue: #96 Sophie’s Choice 18


There are two main narratives at work in this sad and sensational story: Sophie’s Auschwitz horrors, and Stingo’s penile travails.

November 23, 2010

Modern Library Revue: #48 The Rainbow 5


D. H. Lawrence’s books are not, on the surface, about anything, and they are full of poetic flights, everyone alternately feeling a deadness inside and flinging himself down to rub his parts on the grass.

October 22, 2010

Modern Library Revue: #14 I, Claudius 4


I confess: all I know about Alexander the Great I learned from Mary Renault (and how).

September 17, 2010

Modern Library Revue: #11 Under the Volcano 9


While Dante urged me to strive up, up, up toward heaven’s crooning saints and brightly-lit pinwheels, Malcolm Lowry lit my cigarette and told me it’s always nighttime inside the bar. It was a confusing period in my life.

August 13, 2010

Modern Library Revue: #58 The Age of Innocence 6


Were Ellen Olenska on Jersey Shore, she would be the pasty, sober blonde in a ruffled one-piece.

May 26, 2010

Modern Library Revue: #62 From Here to Eternity 2


Seven hundred pages is, at best, a dear friend and at worst, a co-worker, the kind who sends you political forwards.

May 19, 2010

Modern Library Revue: #71 A High Wind in Jamaica 11


I want not to resort to the repellent vernacular of the internet meme, but my reaction to the book is difficult to express otherwise, so, Wow. Just….wow.