The unbearable lightness of being popular

August 29, 2014

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Murakami’s canonization and cachet (usually, counterbalancing forces) can be quite confusing. How does a writer of “literary fiction” sell one million copies in a week? Surely, to do that, one would need to dilute the substance of the novel and temper it to the taste of the masses. Murakami, it seems, has been able to […]

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August 14, 2014

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Tertuliano Máximo Afonso does not belong to that extraordinary group of people who can smile even when alone, his nature inclines him more to melancholy, to reverie, to an exaggerated awareness of the transience of life, to an incurable perplexity when faced by the genuine Cretan labyrinths of human relationships. He does not properly understand […]

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To be read, but not to be referenced

July 14, 2014

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Usually, I reserve the phrase “compulsively readable” for books that have a compelling narrative and are satisfying. Klosterman’s book, while scoring highly on the first metric, fails to impress on the second, and thus, makes itself “compulsively readable” for the wrong reasons. Consider the width of personalities (all of whom are supposed to possess “villainous” […]

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Tracking how far she strayed

March 31, 2014

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Despite what critics state about “decline in reading” and “death of the novel”, and about how, generally, there is a dearth of good books, and books in general, there is one type of book and writing that hasn’t outlived its utility: the memoir. Be it solipsistic (Franzen), self-aggrandizing (Naipaul), intimate (Knausgaard) or just whiny (Rushdie), […]

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Oatmeal Breakfast

February 18, 2014

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No sooner had I made up my mind to write something than I noticed the fleck of cooked oatmeal stuck between the “7” and the “8” key of my keyboard. This made me think: when was the last time I ate whole-grain oatmeal? For as long as I can remember, I had been eating microwaved […]

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The (not so) famous five

December 22, 2013

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“This is not an exhaustive list” is curious disclaimer: depending on how cynical you are, you might treat it as the lazy excuse of someone who didn’t bother to do his or her research well, or as the honesty of someone who doesn’t feign expertise and avoids immodesty by declaring limits to an exhibit. With […]

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Felina: End of story

October 13, 2013

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A series finale is pretty much like sex: no matter how well executed the foreplay, if the actual lovemaking doesn’t segue passionately into a satisfying climax, then everything else leading up to that moment doesn’t count for much. The ghosts of the pasts, which all of us conveniently forget as a series plods through, are […]

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