The Modernist Great American Novel

I just finished John Dos Passos’ 1919, the second installment of U.S.A., one of the Great American Novels. When I looked for it on Bedford Avenue, the bookseller told me that not many people read him any more, which is a shame because he really is great. As Norman Mailer said, “Hemingway, Faulkner, Dreiser, andContinue reading “The Modernist Great American Novel”

Late Postmodern Novels: The Works of Justin Taylor and Blake Butler

  Late postmodernism is finally being called something unselfconscious: subjectivism. Today there are a lot of memoirs written in a confessional style. Dave Eggers’ Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is the quintessential work in the genre. Except it was written as a memoir, so its whininess can be forgiven. Since its publication ten years ago,Continue reading “Late Postmodern Novels: The Works of Justin Taylor and Blake Butler”