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Books: poet C.K. Williams turns to prose in All at Once

April 18, 2014


“It is probably not fair to compare C. K. Williams’ prose in All at Once with his award winning verse poetry books, but it does offer poetry averse readers an opportunity to engage with a perceptive and empathic wordsmith whose work they otherwise would not encounter.” —From my NYJB book review.  Read that review first. Additional […]

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

April 7, 2014


 “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. […]

Book review: Half the Kingdom by Lore Segal explores old age

October 27, 2013


Here is my New York Journal of Books review of Lore Segal‘s new novel about old age Half the Kingdom. For additional commentary and excerpts from the novel see my examiner article too. Lore Segal

Who Will Die Last: Stories of Life in Israel | New York Journal of Books

August 8, 2013


“David Ehrlich’s short stories, some of which describe the lives of both openly identified and closeted Israeli gay men, are sometimes funny, sometimes sad, and sometimes both.” Read my review on New York Journal of Books and my additional remarks on examiner. Who Will Die Last author David Ehrlich

Jacob’s Folly | New York Journal of Books

July 3, 2013


Read my review of Jacob’s Folly on New York Journal of Books. I continue my discussion of the novel’s theme of assimilation in an Examiner article. Jacob’s Folly author Rebecca Miller

Gradually the World: New and Selected Poems, 1982–2013 | New York Journal of Books

June 24, 2013


“What the poet perceives is what the reader gets.” My New York Journal of Books review of Gradually the World: New and Selected Poems, 1982–2013 by Burt Kimmelman. For links to more of Mr. Kimmelman’s poems see my article.

Breakup Letters From Famous Authors

December 12, 2012


via Farewell letters from or to (mostly) jilted famous writers including Abe Lincoln, Anaïs Nin, Edith Wharton, Ernest Hemingway, Mary Wollstonecraft, Oscar Wilde, Simone de Beauvoir, and Virginia Woolf.

Adam Kirsch’s “Rocket and Lightship: Meditations on life and letters”

December 3, 2012


“To become memorable or brilliant, language needs to be fertilized by egotism.”  Adam Kirsch’s long but worth reading collection of meditations/prose epigrams on the position of writers WRT past writers, future readers, and the present tense; on the respective roles of literature and science; and the role of culture in a technologically evolving civilization (among […]

Jewish books: Kin by Dror Burstein

November 20, 2012


“Kinship is a central theme in Israeli writer Dror Burstein’s novel Kin, which is published today in Dalya Bilu’s English translation by Dalkey Archive Press. The book portrays the inner life of Yoel, a senior citizen, widower, and adoptive father who decides to find his adult son Emile’s biological parents and reunite him with them.” […]

101 Best Sex Scenes Ever Written: An Erotic Romp Through Literature for Writers and Readers | New York Journal of Books

June 1, 2011


“Looking for an anthology of erotic texts to accompany masturbation? Look elsewhere.” “Aspiring fiction writers who would rather not write sex scenes but whose plots or character development require that they do, may find this book a useful guide, especially if they share its author’s taste in literature in general and erotic literature in particular.” […]