Gilt and red plush. Rococo bar backed by pink shell. The air is cloyed with a sweet evil substance like decayed honey. Men and women in evening dress sip pousse-cafés through alabaster tubes. A Near East Mugwump sits naked on a bar stool covered in pink silk. He licks warm honey from a crystal goblet with a long black tongue..
2020 is finally coming to a close, it was a tough year, et cetera et cetera. While 2020 really sucked, I still intend to end the year on a less platitudinous and depressive note. We all know how terrible this year was for many people. It sure was a hell of a lot tougher forContinue reading “My 13 favorite reads of 2020”
I read a lot of books in 2020 but I amassed so many more of them than I was able to read. Gifts, visits to the second-hand store, and occasional bursts of an unresistable urge to buy more dead trees: All of these things left me with an ever-growing pile of books. There’s plenty ofContinue reading “13 books I will actually get to next year”
My girlfriend gave me a copy of Falconer as a gift and I was quite intrigued by the blurb. It said something about a prisoner who killed his brother, finding redemption through a relationship with a fellow inmate. The novel is so much more than that. It is kind of hard to describe what happensContinue reading “Book Review: Falconer by John Cheever”
This past August I visited a friend of mine in Berlin. One sunny afternoon, we went out to eat at a Vietnamese Restaurant in Neukölln with our girlfriends, as well as a couple of his acquaintances. I got into a conversation about literature with one of his friends who seemed to be very interested inContinue reading “Book Review: The Broom of The System by David Foster Wallace”
Man, this was depressing. I had been wanting to read this novel for a while now and had really high hopes. Out of all the Booker prize nominees, this one sounded the most intriguing. Therefore, I was very excited when I finally picked it up a few days ago. My feelings about it are mixed,Continue reading “Book Review: Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor”
Spring Snow, the first installment of the Sea of Fertility tetralogy, is an arrestingly beautiful read but it isn’t as profound as The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea, in that it lacks meaning that goes beyond the text and the scope of a well executed love story. Even though it gives someContinue reading “Book Review: Runaway Horses by Yukio Mishima”
The Medium is the Message. McLuhan’s famous phrase might have never been more fitting for describing a piece of literature than for Burroughs’ magnum opus. The novel is as beautiful as it is hideous, as indecipherable as it is expressive, but first and foremost it is absolutely insane. Naked Lunch is revolutionary, mainly for twoContinue reading “Book Review: Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs”
Der Tod ist ein mühseliges Geschäft von Khaled Khalifa ist eine Geschichte von drei Geschwistern, die den leblosen Körper ihres kürzlich verschiedenen Vaters von Damaskus in den Nord-Westen des Landes bringen wollen, um so dem letzten Willen des Verstorbenen gerecht zu werden. Dieses Unterfangen stellt sich als noch mühseliger dar, als es der Titel bereitsContinue reading “German Book Review: Der Tod ist ein mühseliges Geschäft von Khaled Khalifa”
Spring Snow, the first part of the celebrated Sea of Fertility tetralogy, is the second novel I have read by Yukio Mishima. I read The Sailor who Fell from Grace with the Sea last summer and was blown away by its incredibly somber, yet profoundly beautiful aesthetic. Spring Snow isn’t quite as dark but what it lacks in gloominessContinue reading “Book Review: Spring Snow by Yukio Mishima”
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