The Priestly Novels of J.F. Powers

J.F. Powers lived 83 years (1917-1999) and he wrote two novels. His first novel, Morte D’Urban, won the 1963 National Book Award. He didn’t release his second novel, Wheat That Springeth Green until 1988. In between, a number of short stories were published over three volumes, but the man was limited to less than a book […]

Pale King

“The Pale King” and “This is Water” by David Foster Wallace

With tax season still large in our rearview mirrors, and the paperback edition new to the shelves of bookstores, it is a perfect time to reflect on David Foster Wallace’s posthumous novel “The Pale King”. This unfinished novel, assembled by Wallace’s editor in the years following the author’s suicide, tells the stories of a collection […]

The Flame Alphabet – Ben Marcus (Book Review)

“One often fails to ask this of a crisis…why was it not worse?” That these words come from Sam, the narrator of Ben Marcus’ The Flame Alphabet towards the end of the novel should give some idea of the story’s tone. Keep in mind – this is not a man looking at his situation with […]

Flame Alphabet

The Flame Alphabet – Ben Marcus (Book Review)

“One often fails to ask this of a crisis…why was it not worse?” That these words come from Sam, the narrator of Ben Marcus’ The Flame Alphabet towards the end of the novel should give some idea of the story’s tone. Keep in mind – this is not a man looking at his situation with […]