An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic – Daniel Mendelsohn (review)

“The plot of the Odyssey is not long in the telling. A man has been away from home for many years. Poseidon is always on the watch for him; he is all alone. As for the situation at home, his goods are being laid waste by the Suitors, who plot against his son. After a … More An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic – Daniel Mendelsohn (review)

The Glass Town Game by Catherynne Valente (Review)

The Glass-Town Game is a middle-grade novel by Catherynne Valente. Charlotte, Emily, Branwell, and Anne Brönte grow up in their small Yorkshire parsonage. They spend their free time in a make-believe world called Glass Town which helps them escape the fact that Charlotte and Emily must, at the end of summer, return to their evil … More The Glass Town Game by Catherynne Valente (Review)

East of Eden by John Steinbeck (Mini-review)

First published in the summer of 1952, this sweeping, ambitious story spanning decades and histories had become America’s number-one bestseller by that November. It’s impossible to “review” such a book. Not only because it is a good 600 pages long. But because reading this is an experience and one that shouldn’t be spoiled. I’ll talk … More East of Eden by John Steinbeck (Mini-review)

Barcelona, 2015

We talk about serendipity and meant to be about the big moments, but it’s easy to let the smaller ones pass us by without us even realising it. Here’s one such story I’m glad I didn’t forget. Rafael, wherever you are, thank you. *** On May 31, 2015 I woke up strangely unenthusiastic about spending … More Barcelona, 2015