The Sound and the Fury

THE SOUND AND THE FURY There’s something about Faulkner that reminds me of Saramago. I’d forgotten all about Faulkner’s style until I recently reread this book. It made me remember that Saramago’s not particularly original. And in terms of...

The Newsroom

I really enjoy THE NEWSROOM, but. But. Now we have a problem. The problem started a few weeks ago: a friend of mine–a woman!–mentioned that she didn’t like the women on the show, “We can do better,” she said. I didn’t know what that...

Serious

SERIOUS The art of high modernism assumes a tragic worldview: it is serious. Think DJANGO UNCHAINED and, well, any art movie. Any serious film. Any serious writer. Any real novel. Anything worth any attention in the last 100 years. Harold Bloom. I was watching an...

Mamet

MAMET I’ve been reading the Cambridge Companion to David Mamet. Here are some interesting quotations: “Thematically, Mamet’s universe is strongly reminiscent of that of Jerome Bosch. Thematically and formally, [his plays are] also close to the...

London Fields

I didn’t finish LONDON FIELDS; I got one-hundred pages from the end and either got bored, went on vacation, or both. In a phrase: the book stopped pleasing me. Why? The key problem for me was the wild, self-aware prose which filled up 500 pages of an otherwise...

Lean

LEAN I read academic essays for a living. Most of them are really boring, but now and again I learn something interesting, for example like I did the other day: a student wrote about lean production (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lean_manufacturing) for his business....