Category: Lit Crit

Everybody Hates Los Angeles

Every December, I head up to Northern California to see family and friends, and mostly I love catching up with everybody, and feasting, and singing, and other holiday things, but I also have to brace myself for a particular type of interaction: “How’s Los Angeles?”  “You haven’t become an LA native, have you?”  “They haven’t converted you, have

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Top Books of 2019

The best books I read this year, in no particular order: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon This novel tells the story of two Jewish cousins who become successful comic book authors in the 1940’s and ’50’s.  It explores the antifascist origins of the superhero genre, as well as questions surrounding the role

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The Ironic Cultural Misrecollection of Sherlock Holmes

A couple years ago, sick of all the heavy literature I had been reading, I picked up the complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, expecting, in essence, a fun romp.  Sherlock Holmes was, I thought, the original puzzle-fiction: solvable who-dunnit (or how-dunnit) mysteries that encourage the reader to exercise their reasoning skills and that maybe teach something about

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Pastiche of Proust

pastiche: a work of art in the style of another artist This post is the last in a series of three pastiches of French authors.  As with the other two, there is commentary at the end. The first post (Stendhal).  The second (Flaubert). There were in essence two Caltechs: The Caltech with a campus that

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