Truth Told Slant: A Review of “Norse Mythology”

We have forgotten the shape of the universe. We have forgotten how everything started, where it came from -- and most importantly where it is going. We have forgotten the truth, and that is what mythology is for. Not for facts. Facts never tell you the whole truth of things. Mythology reminds us of the … Continue reading Truth Told Slant: A Review of “Norse Mythology”

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Riding The Rails: A Review of “The Underground Railroad”

The first sentence of Colson Whitehead's novel The Underground Railroad starts the plot. The second sentence opens a digression into backstory that takes up the whole first chapter. Most of the second chapter is a digression as well. Whitehead does this often throughout the book. He excels at painting portraits of characters and their histories. Everyone … Continue reading Riding The Rails: A Review of “The Underground Railroad”

[Consider Adding Catchy Title]: Two Reviews

The best way of finding new books is to go browsing through shelves that are not yours; in the bookstore if you have some extra funds, the library if you don't. Fortunately I found myself in the former position a few weeks ago and picked up two titles that have more in common than their … Continue reading [Consider Adding Catchy Title]: Two Reviews

A Voyage Into The Unknown: “The Explorers Guild”

A few novels in recent days are taking a different approach to storytelling. Perhaps the most high-profile example is S. — a project conceived by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst which takes the form of a library book filled with handwritten notes of two people who pass the book back and forth, talking to each other in the … Continue reading A Voyage Into The Unknown: “The Explorers Guild”