A Presence Beyond the Page

2018-03-22T14:03:25+00:00

Sometimes the body count in my reading is high. Of late, the un-body count has been rising. I noticed the presence in W. G. Sebald, when I began reading Austerlitz (2001; Translated from the German, 2011) earlier this year. In the photographs which accompany his narrative, there are no

A Presence Beyond the Page 2018-03-22T14:03:25+00:00

Andrée A. Michaud’s Boundary (2014; 2017)

2017-11-17T17:23:26+00:00

Boundaries and borders, between countries and between stages of life: Andrée A. Michaud's Boundary darts across the dotted lines, back and forth, sedately in one moment and chillingly the next. Because the story revolves around the murders of two young women in the small community of Bondrée, questions of

Andrée A. Michaud’s Boundary (2014; 2017) 2017-11-17T17:23:26+00:00

Rachel Cusk’s Outline (2014) and Transit (2017)

2017-10-25T16:47:19+00:00

Readers meet a woman up in the air. Literally. She is flying to Athens, where she will teach a course in creative writing. This is Outline. Perhaps partly because she could instruct in the art of outlining, demonstrate for her students the art of constructing a framework on which

Rachel Cusk’s Outline (2014) and Transit (2017) 2017-10-25T16:47:19+00:00

Oh, the Saga-ness of it all

2017-07-25T11:21:48+00:00

Rereading the Saga comics is definitely worthwhile. On first-reading, I was a little off-kilter, so engrossed in some panels that I missed others completely, only occasionally remembering to retrace my steps. Discovering wings or horns on characters who appeared humanoid at first glance was delightfully but consistently distracting. Readers are aware

Oh, the Saga-ness of it all 2017-07-25T11:21:48+00:00

In My Stacks, May 2016

2017-07-20T18:03:10+00:00

How much of your reading is non-fiction? Does it fluctuate, or are you committed to reading (or not reading) it? When others were participating in non-fiction November last year, and actually reading a lot of the books that I'd been kinda-half-sorta thinking about reading, I realised that tending towards fiction

In My Stacks, May 2016 2017-07-20T18:03:10+00:00