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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

The Great Fire by Shirley Hazzard

Began it with trepidation - thought it some sort of English Patient romantic mystery.

Which it is and isn't. Hazzard's lapidary prose takes some getting used to, but the brilliance makes wonderful effect. Reminded me of Penelope Fitzgerald, with her use of ellipsis and understatment, and delayed exposition.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Thursday, November 05, 2020

Inside Story by Martin Amis


“After a while, marriage is a sibling relationship — marked by occasional, and rather regrettable, episodes of incest.”

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Deep River by Karl Marlantes

Had to bail at page 385. Underwhelming and duddish, particularly in comparison to Marlantes's ferocious Matterhorn. Logging detail was fantastic if largely beyond me, union/Wobbly stuff was sorta boring. But in the end it was all the Finnish names that crushed me.

Philip Guston

A painter's first duty is to be free, unless you're the kind of artist that gnaws on one bone all the time, and I don't seem to gnaw on one bone.  - Philip Guston

San Clemente

Couple in Bed

The Painter

The Studio

The Line

To Fellini (1958)

If This Be Not I (1945)