I like weird books. What can I say? I like books of the sort that cause some to roll their eyes and wonder “WTF is this? People read this shit?”—the...more
Ghosts. Ghosts everywhere. Ghosts hovering in the corners of an unfinished building, on its roof, telling time, extending invitations, calling. The ti...more
One likely to piss off some readers. It needn't. It will, it has, but it needn’t.
A precocious little girl (boy), César Aira—not the author, César Aira...more
I’ve read most of this novel twice. It made two trips to Michigan with me. I abused it. Set it down, picked it up, set it down, picked it up again. Bo...more
Tough call on this one—a very tough call.
It’s become commonplace for me to begin or end these meager reviews with the caution: Not for everyone. Or,...more
First and Foremost: Let it here be known that any previous suggestions, recommendations and/or encouragements to procure and read Macedonio’s (he is u...more
If I’m not mistaken, Rodolfo Fogwill’s name came to my attention while reading Vila-Matas’ Bartleby & Co. If V-M wasn’t thinking of this novella w...more
”Context is ninety percent of verisimilitude. What I mean is that when our good uncle opened that letter from Paris, signed by Franz, full of details...more
There’s something about a new César Aira novel—something that always makes me want to get my hands on it NOW. This one is, I think, even better than m...more
Remember the magic of Peter Pan? Not the bullshit Disney version, rather one written by J.M. Barrie, or, as in my case, the Mary Martin black-and-whit...more
Briefly, very briefly, it is, after all, a 79 page lyric essay, more than half, of which, is comprised of photos.
We’re wondering here about humanity a...more
Argentine septuagenarian poet, Juan Gelman, has had a life that would overwhelm most people and leave them in despair. Instead, in the wake of a life...more
I made pistachio-apricot butter today,
and wished you were here,
some of you.
But that’s just me.*
That cannot be a poem, because it occurred to me whil...more
The names, St. Teresa or St. John of the Cross, are indicated after most of these poems, as the poems “spring from the author’s readings” (says the tr...more