Ishiguro once said: “It’s not my best book.” And as with most things Ishiguro says and writes, this is a gross understatement.
If this is not your type of humor, well, then, we are just very different kinds of people.
In the first two weeks of January, I finished Les Misérables by Victor Hugo and Levels of Life by Julian Barnes.
If I were a more patient reader I would ingest them one a day, like a guided meditation app, or a morning vitamin.
Why when attempting to capture multicultural lives should we rule out the exact inconveniences that define them?
Wild? The morals of this book could not be more clear-cut if it were a literal pocket-sized priest.
The Refugees is a difficult book to dislike due to the timeliness of its resistance to the bigotry that surrounds us.
Joyce is unapologetically, almost bravely undidactic — a thorough nonbeliever in setting the scene.
A roaming elegy with many motifs and no central through line (much like the Great War, I suppose).
Ted Chiang's collection is the perfect embodiment of "idea-fiction."
An Austen of our time.
It is simply time to admit that I simply don't like these books that much.
Much like the original play, every sentence feels like it only exists for the sake of ushering the plot along.
The Sympathizer is a narrative and philosophical feat of Kafka-esque and Heller-esque proportions
What's even more consistent than the finesse of James's language, however, is the annoyingness of his characters.
'THE DANISH GIRL': BEAUTIFUL AND UTTERLY LOST
Good enough for the Academy, but not good enough to be great.
'TRUMBO': NOT QUITE ASGOOD AS TRUMBO
While 'Trumbo' succeeds in breadth, it struggles with depth.
THE WHITE AMERICAN MAN INTHE HIGH CASTLE
“You heard what curiosity did to the cat?” Um, I don’t know, make it cringe?
ON NOT FORGETTING:TESTAMENT OF YOUTH
War movies are of men. Historical war movies, more so.
A TALE OF TWO TALES:
'HOWARDS END' AND 'ON BEAUTY'
As we advance, we dig deeper into the preexisting rabbit holes of society.
WHY COLLEGE STUDENTS SHOULD DO LESS AND SLEEP MORE
Fun fact: the F’real Frozen Coffee is infinitely more effective than any double-shot espresso.
RESIDUAL SHOCK, RESIDUAL PEACE: HIROSHIMA MEMORIAL
What does it mean to condemn violence with images of the most extreme violence?
HISTORICALLY FRESH:CAMBRIDGE, UK
A place where fields of grass are off-limits for the sake of aesthetic upkeep may sound a bit too high-strung for fun.
WHAT YOUR ACCENTSAYS ABOUT YOU
I, for one, do not associate heavy Chinese accents with comedy, but real life.
FIVE BOOKS FOR THESLIGHTLY DISILLUSIONED
Recommendations for those who err on the side of unhappy (but not entirely hopeless).