The Savage Detectives Redux

Have you read this one, yet? I’m on my third reading of it since 2016. It’s long, and this is unusual for me to re-read anything. But there’s something about it that’s so compelling. His other books are great, too, but I had a hard time with his other big one, 2666. I made it through the violence of its midsection. I enjoyed The Third Reich, especially, and most of the others. But The Savage Detectives is still my favorite Bolaño. I know many others have said the same.

Allan Gurganus: A Few Words for the Novella

I read this on The Story Prize blog after seeing it on The Outlet blog. Gurganus’ points about conciseness in fiction in these hectic times are hard to argue with. The novella may be the most perfect form of literary art in the 2010s. But I think it always has been, and he makes that point, too, that many of the greatest works of literature are actually novellas. A few of my favorites: Of Mice and Men; The Pearl; Tristessa; Bartleby, the Scrivener; Wyoming; The Ballad of the Sad Café. The list could go on and on.