Tuesday Evening Book Reviews

Kaya Genc on Martin Amis’ Lionel Asbo: State of England: “…a shallow book that sparkles with moments of profundity.” (The Rumpus)

Michiko Kakutani on David Foster Wallace’s Both Flesh and Not: “Even the more compelling essays in this volume — like so much of his fiction — could have done with a little judicious pruning. But at their best these essays remind us of Wallace’s arsenal of talents: his restless, heat-seeking reportorial eye; his ability to convey the physical or emotional truth of things with a couple of flicks of the wrist; his capacity to make leaps, from the mundane to the metaphysical, with breathtaking velocity and ardor.” (NYTimes)

Darren French on Caleb Carr’s The Legend of Broken: “Whatever Carr intended, the result of his labor is the most depressing piece of furniture you’ll ever try to read.” (EW.com)

J.M. Tyree on Camille Paglia’s Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art From Egypt to Star Wars: “…a personal tour through All Art Ever Made, from ancient Egypt to “Star Wars,” is the kind of Plato-to-NATO survey whose passing she laments in her introductory essay as a casualty of the culture wars.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

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