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Essays, Reviews, Articles, and Opinions
"How impressed I was by your superb piece< <on my father in Boston Review. Bravo!" Dmitri Nabokov
The New York Times Book Review
Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World<.
A review of Alison Weir's new biography, Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World, from November 2013.Maverick Jetpants<.
Last Monarch Standing.<
A review of Ken Follett's 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 novel Fall of Giants, from October 2010.Boston Review
Back in Time: Julian Barnes Remembers<.
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 November/December 2010.
Man of Principle.< <
An essay on Arthur Koestler, with a review of Michael Scammell's biography, from May/June 2010.
Desperately Seeking Sam<.
A remembrance of Samuel Beckett, from November/December 2009.
An essay on the amazing life of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, from March/April 2009.
<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.
An essay on the happy genius of Vladimir Nabokov, from July/August 2007.
The Quiet Man<.<
An essay on the life and work of the Irish novelist John McGahern, from January/February 2007.
<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 February 2011.
Solzhenitsyn, Nabokov, and The Lunch That Wasn't<.
The near-miss of two Russian literary giants one day in Montreux, Switzerland. From January 2009.
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.
[Some of these publications have taken refuge behind paywalls. I'm working with my crowbar to prise the articles loose. Stay tuned.]
San Marcos Mercury< 2013
Irish Echo< 2013
The First 750< 2013
The Lindsay Show< 2013
Dalkey Archive Press< 1997
Austin Chronicle<, 1997