James Joyce and Young Love

James Joyce is one of the greatest writers who ever lived. His novels and short stories, as well as his life, continue to fascinate more than 70 years after his death. Like all good Irishmen the tales of his life are clouded by legend.  The groundbreaking psychologist Carl Jung, who was treating Joyce’s daughter LuciaContinue reading “James Joyce and Young Love”

Giovanni’s Room – Sex

  Sex is a difficult thing to write about. Too graphic and it reads like porn, too tame and the writer seems inexperienced or, worse, fearful. The Literary Review gives out an annual prize called the Bad Sex in Fiction Award for lines like this one from 2017 “winner” Christoper Bollen: The skin along herContinue reading “Giovanni’s Room – Sex”

Giovanni’s Room – Paris

  Even though I do it myself sometimes (like now), I have a problem with people who can write fiction when they write non-fiction, because fiction is art and non-fiction is…something else. Non-fiction can tell you the truth, which is important, but fiction does something much better: it points to the places where the truthContinue reading “Giovanni’s Room – Paris”

The Sultan of Simile: Haruki Murakami

I recently finished Haruki Murakami’s wondrous novel 1Q84 and usually like to write reviews of novels I read but this is one of those books you’ve got to read to believe. Half the fun of the book is in watching the plot unfold so I’d hate to spoil any of it for a potential reader.Continue reading “The Sultan of Simile: Haruki Murakami”

Review: You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine

  I’ll start my review of Alexandra Kleeman’s You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine with the highest praise I can think of for any book: the storytelling reminds me of Kurt Vonnegut’s. The same horror at conformity and conventional wisdom screams from every page, in a sweet and thoughtful way. And there areContinue reading “Review: You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine”