From Michael Dirda
: Thanks for sending along your critique of the Kooser and the cartoons.
Another concedes, "Such things do happen, I suppose, but more often in novels, alas, than in life" (Dirda
Reviewing the book, Michael Dirda
wrote in the Washington Post Book World that Pessoa 'is certainly one of the most appealing European modernists, equal in command and range to his contemporaries Rilke and Mandelstam' ('The Selected Prose of Fernando Pessoa', Washington Post Book World, 22 July 2001, p.
For Michael Dirda
, in the Washington Post, the Perownes are normative in an even more culturally overdetermined fashion: "Clearly, the Perownes represent the very flower of Western civilization--decent, thoughtful, productive, cultivated, deeply, fundamentally good." And Zoe Heller, in another Times review, sees Henry Perowne in similar terms as preserving the core values of "our" civilization:
23, 2005; "A season to remember the transforming power of sacred language," by Michael Dirda
, The Washington Post, Dec.
In his introduction, Dirda
provides an overview of Auerbach's argument.
An open book: Coming of age in the heartland Michael Dirda
During the course of their wanderings, which serve as a narrative frame, Carl meets various denizens of the deep, so that his journey gets interrupted again and again by the interpolated tales that--"like Aeneas, like Dante"--he faithfully records (Dirda
, the editor of The Washington Post Book World, enthused about it in The Weekly Standard of March 7, leading with the declaration, "No flail understanding of modern literature is possible without taking [Lovecraft] into account."
He deserves a sympathetic critique, and he received one from Washington Post critic Michael Dirda
, who suggested earlier this year that despite what he regarded as the book's flaws, "fans of the Argentine's ficciones will want to read it without delay."
In addition, editorial board members ranging from Michael Dirda
and David Lehman to David Foster Wallace and Zadie Smith have contributed thoughtful mini-essays on words they particularly love, hate, admire--or simply find puzzling.
California University of Pennsylvania (Pi Kappa) 22 March 2004: Daniel Avolia, Joshua Davis, Antoinette Dirda
, Ronald Franks, Timothy Kotlensky, Scott Kurtz, David Mitchell, Kevin Oulette, Andrew Ratti, Erica Robaugh, Mark Schmitt.