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Essays, Reviews, Articles, and Opinions
The New York Times Book ReviewMaverick Jetpants. A review of Bill Peters' debut novel, Maverick Jetpants in the City of Quality,
Last Monarch Standing. A review of Ken Follett's new novel, Fall of Giants, from October 2010.
The Abyss of Human Illusion. A review of Gilbert Sorrentino's last novel, from February 2010.
Fall of Giants. A review of Ken Follett's new novel, Fall of Giants, from October 2010.Boston Review
Back in Time: Julian Barnes Remembers. An essay on the work of Julian Barnes, with a review of his
the 100th anniversary of Flann O'Brien's birth, from September/October 2011.
The Jewish Jane Austen. An essay on Howard Jacobson, with a review of his novels The Finkler
Question and Kalooki Nights, from May/June 2011.
Suppose You're an Idiot. An essay on Mark Twain, with a review of his autobiography, from
Man of Principle. An essay on Arthur Koestler, with a review of Michael Scammell's biography, from
Desperately Seeking Sam. A remembrance of Samuel Beckett, from November/December 2009.
Fateful Gates. An essay on the amazing life of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, from March/April 2009.
Intimate Revenge. An essay on the perilous peace in Northern Ireland, from September/October 2008.
We Laughed, We Cried. An essay on the life and work of Flann O'Brien, from July/August 2008.
The Monarch of All. An essay on the fantasy world of John Cowper Powys, from March/April, 2008.
Nabokov's Gift. An essay on the happy genius of Vladimir Nabokov, from July/August 2007.
The Quiet Man. An essay on the life and work of John McGahern, from January/February 2007.
The Lost Ones. An essay on the existentialist fiction of John Banville, from February/March 2004.
The Luck of the Irish. Flann O'Brien's melancholy life. From October 2011.
Mark Twain, Midwestern Cosmopolitan. The restless, romantic soul of Huck Finn's creator. From
Solzhenitsyn, Nabokov, and The Lunch That Wasn't. The near-miss of two Russian literary giants, one
day in Montreux, Switzerland. From January 2009.
Romulus Augustulus, Man of Mystery. A speculative look at the last Emperor of Rome in the West.
All the World's A Novel. A review of Steven Moore's remarkable The Novel: An Alternate History.
King Bongo. A review of Thomas Sanchez's exciting 2003 thriller, set in Havana in 1957.
Reading Aidan Higgins. An appreciation of the eccentric and brilliant Irish author, from 2007.
Mark Twain Unexpurgated. Another look at Clemens's autobiography.
A Voyage Around My Car. A Jaguar of my own.
Boylan's Dream Garage. The cars I'd own if I could.
A Moment of Ostalgie. Automotive ghosts of East Germany.
Memory Lanes: The Autostrada del Sole. Italy's north-south superhighway.
Dmitri Nabokov, Car Guy. The many cars in the life of Vladimir's son.