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Book review: The Journal of Albion Midnight by Kenneth Patchen

June 6, 2017

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“like a sonnet whose beautiful lines are undermined by its flawed argument.” — from my review of The Journal of Albion Midnight in New York Journal of Books  

Jewish books: Fishman and Tsabari explore home and displacement in new fiction

March 25, 2016

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In my examiner article (next paragraph) I write: “Two fiction books published this month explore what home means for two distinct waves of recent immigrants. Boris Fishman continues to relate the experiences of Russian speaking Jews who immigrated to America in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s in his second novel Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo, […]

91 year old William Gass’ prose is still gorgeous in Eyes: Novellas and Stories

November 5, 2015

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My review of William Gass’ new book of short fiction appears in New York Journal of Books.  Read that review first. Additional remarks (including a longer excerpt from the book and additional biographical info about Gass) that appeared in a different and now defunct publication begin with the next paragraph. 91 year old William Gass’ prose is […]

Jewish books: Joshua Cohen’s Book of Numbers is a high tech epic

July 16, 2015

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What happens when a down on his luck luddite novelist is hired to ghostwrite a memoir by a math whiz tech mogul who shares his (and the author of this novel’s) name? …At close to 600 pages of dense prose Book of Numbers is not light reading. I close my NYJB review by recommending it […]

Books: Nell Zink’s smart and witty 2nd novel Mislaid

May 19, 2015

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“Looking for a brainy yet breezy novel that addresses gender, race, and class issues with levity and has a happy ending? Try Nell Zink’s Mislaid, her second published novel following her critically well-received debut The Wallcreeper in 2014.” — from my New York Journal of Books book review: Mislaid: A Novel by Nell Zink  “To […]

Books: in David Grand’s Mount Terminus both protagonist and Los Angeles come of age

April 7, 2014

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 “David Grand’s third novel, Mount Terminus, is written in luscious, erudite prose so dense his readers have no choice but to read it slowly.” — from my review of Mount Terminus by David Grand on New York Journal of Books. Additional remarks that appeared in a different and now defunct publication begin with the next paragraph. […]

Books: E.L. Doctorow’s novel Andrew’s Brain explores a brain scientist’s mind

January 19, 2014

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In my New York Journal of Books review I describe E.L. Doctorow’s new novel as “an enjoyable page turner” that is “both bittersweet and disturbing.” Additional remarks that appeared in a different and now defunct publication begin with the next paragraph. Books: E.L. Doctorow’s novel Andrew’s Brain explores a brain scientist’s mind Last Tuesday, April 14, […]