Olena Kalytiak Davis
More challenging than And Her Soul Out of Nothing but very alive.
small quilled poem with no taste for spring
In spring all the poems that need
to be written
Have. You are neither dejectedmore
I love novels with multilinear narratives that reinforce each other as they develop. As well as novels that include maps in the beginning (and it’s a very attractive map). The melancholy moments of being outside of the regular world seemed especially insightful. This might be my favorite Murakami book, it’s possible.
After struggling through the last book I read, it was lucky for me that I had been looking at a list of “top 100 American novels of the 20th century” recently. Cranky at the old literature canon and noticing what important American writers were so obviously absent, I decided to...more
This probably wasn’t the best book of Mansﬁeld’s to get, as only the ﬁrst group of stories are “ﬁnished” and the rest of the book is just fragments put together after she died suddenly. The stories are very short and concise, which was an interesting contrast to the Munro stories. But I’m not really into...more
For the most part I felt disappointed with Munro’s new collection, though there are a few stories that I liked a lot. I’d read the title story in the New Yorker a few months ago, so perhaps that one just wasn’t as fresh in a re-reading. The trio of stories involving Juliet were pretty good as a set, but I felt that none of...more
A bristling memoir about Flynn growing up in Scituate, MA, his mother struggling to keep it all together and his father acting as a heavy, yet absent, presence. Like both his parents, Flynn learns to cope with substances and he stays in Boston, where he knows his father is or tends to return, even though he desires no...more
“The novel as series of nested dolls”: it starts with a journal from colonial times, moves on to a series of letters from the 1930s, a mystery from the 1970s, a British comedy script idea placed contemporary time, a science ﬁction story in the form of an interview, and then a post-apocalyptic oral narrative — after which it retreats back...more
Having fell into the habit of stopping by Danny Gregory’s site over the past year after ﬁrst hearing about this book, it seemed time to check out the book. Part sketchbook and part memoir, the book explores the aftermath of his wife’s subway accident that left her paralyzed...more
I got this from the library after Keri Smith made reference to it a few times. I thought maybe it would help me ﬁgure out how to start writing in my journal more consistently again, to remind me how to think on a page, and so far it seems to be working. Also it has been...more