Some Recent Publications

I know it’s been pretty lonely up here the past couple of weeks. This is due to travel and some projects that are involving a lot of my energy at the moment. But this site has been on my mind, and there will be some more bloggy goodness before long.

For now, some links to a couple of recent pieces:

First, up at Fanzine, an essay I wrote around Lars von Trier’s body of work, particularly his film The Five Obstructions. Like many, I view von Trier as a mixed bag, but he’s got a definite point of view, and this is one of his best movies. And also, I really, really enjoyed how this piece came out.

Secondly, at Music & Literature I have a review essay on NYRB Classics’s edition of Silvina Ocampo’s stories, Thus Were Their Faces. These are stories that get more and more impressive with each run back through them, and it’s great to see Ocampo finally finding a real audience in English.

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The Surrender is Veronica Scott Esposito’s “collection of facts” concerning how she embraced her true gender.


Two long essays of 10,000 words each on sex in—and out of—literature . . .

The first essay dives in to Nicholson Baker’s “sex trilogy,” explaining just what Baker is up to here and why these books ultimately fail to be as sexy as Baker might wish.

From there the book moves on to the second essay, which explains just why Spaniard Javier Marías does right what Baker does wrong . . .


5 essays. 2 interviews.

All in all, over 25,000 words of Latin American literary goodness.

3 never-before-published essays, including “The Digression”—a 4,000-word piece on the most important digression in César Aira’s career.

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