Reviewing a Scene: Three Witches in a Tub

I wrote previously that John Updike’s novels are organic creations that bulge and stretch in certain scenes. The end of the first of Witches of Eastwick‘s three lengthy chapters has one of those. I’ll be looking at another such scene in a post next week, so come back! The first chapter of the novel is … Continue reading

Book 1.3 If on a winter’s night a traveler

Italo Calvino’s writing gets me thinking about the importance of words, how they can, when treated conscientiously, carry great weight both on their own and in the company of their neighbors. Calvino’s writing is bright and he avoids a lot of highfalutin Latinates. Perhaps this is thanks to William Weaver’s translation, perhaps because Italian has a … Continue reading