Posts Published by Will A

The Children Act

I like Ian McEwan’s particularly British way of handling drama. By that I mean he picks smoldering topics – forbidden lust, crime, unreciprocated yearning – and presents them in a cool, tempered way. The hot-bloodedness…

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Ballad of the Sad Middle-Aged Man

There are times when there’s a comfort to cliched material. It’s pleasantly familiar, devoid of the unexpected – like a favorite meal or well-worn sweatshirt, it holds only satisfaction, not surprise. One Last Thing Before…

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Imagine Me Gone

To call Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett “uneven” isn’t fair. That isn’t quite the right word, although, since I can’t think of a better one, it may be the best. That Haslett can create…

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Modern Romance

It’s not that Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance isn’t interesting. It’s just that if you’re young-ish, single, and have a smartphone, you already know most of what it covers because you’ve lived it. Ansari was inspired…

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Intimacy Idiot

In a few past reviews for this site, I’ve mused aloud whether I didn’t quite enjoy a book as much because it didn’t reflect my life. (See: Dept. of Speculation and The Buried Giant) If…

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‘Master Of Us All’

Cristobal Balenciaga was, by the account of his contemporaries, the best fashion designer of the last century. He was also notoriously private, nurturing an aura of mystery and shunning the concept of celebrity. Mary Blume’s…

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