Tracking Down Gunter Grass

The Tin Drum is a novel I’ve seen on bookstore shelves for years. Books with especially hefty spines are easy to spot, and The Tin Drum, at more than 600 pages, takes up a good bit of shelf real estate. (Quick aside, I’ve always thought the spine of the book should be shown when you consider … Continue reading

The Human Stain’s Rambling

In Philip Roth’s world, so much depends on the New York Times and the New York Review of Books. No Roth novel seems complete without some obsession with New York high culture, as dictated by these expiring icons. Only perhaps John Irving, our contemporary Dickens to Roth’s Stendhal, can write using  the same half dozen tropes  in every … Continue reading