“He says my intonation is prissy!”

This book grates on the ears. I keep going back and forth on whether I am enjoying it. One of the three witches of the title, Jane, is a cellist. Though exceptionally bourgeois, she takes offense that a fellow musician chides her playing style as “prissy.” What to make of this? The character is prissy, of … Continue reading

Rich, Pregnant Prose

After an icky start with onanistic wordplay that brought to mind a whizkid finishing a rubik’s cube in record time, John Updike’s The Witches of Eastwick is balancing out with some copy worth reading as prose and not full-sentence poetry. Here’s a moment where one witch, Alexandra, visits a fellow member of the coven, Sukie. … Continue reading

New Book Selected! The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike

We have a new book. We’ll start reading The Witches of Eastwick on December 1. About Witches of Eastwick: 1984 novel by John Updike. 320 pp What it’s about After Rabbit, Run, The Witches of Eastwick is arguably John Updike’s  second most famous novel. It tells the story of three divorced women living in Rhode Island. They are witches, … Continue reading

Talking Technobabble – Neuromancer Does It Right

Neuromancer is a book about computers and hackers. It pretty much invented the genre of hacker literature. And author William Gibson had never owned, or much used, a computer when he wrote this novel. Here’s Gibson talking with critic Larry McCaffery: It wasn’t until I could finally afford a computer of my own that I found … 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