What Are You Reading This Holiday?


These are mine. What do you plan to enjoy over the long weekend?

Recent Posts

Criticism Isn't Free

CR is dedicated to thoughtful, in-depth criticism without regard to what's commercially appealing. It takes tens of hours each month to provide this. Please help make this sort of writing sustainable, either with a subscription or a one-time donation. Thank you!

You could also purchase one of my acclaimed ebooks.


Got Something To Say:

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


I’m hitting Rita Indiana’s “La estrategia de Chochueca”, Rafa Franco Steeves “El peor de mis amigos”, and a re-reading of Murakami’s “After Dark”.

I’ve committed to tackling War & Peace. Thank goodness my family isn’t that celebratory.

While keeping at Lord Jim and an OP novel from 1964 by Macdonald Harris, Mortal Leap, I’m ambitiously thinking that I’m also going to fight my way through Julio Cortazar’s Los Reyes in Spanish, dictionary in hand.
More likely, I’ll get frustrated and give up, as my Spanish is poor. But I’m going to make the effort!

I’m in the same situation as anon: non-celebratory family + big book in the bag, but mine’s Omega Minor. (But the rest of you remind me of the old me with your lists. Today I have finally admitted to myself that I cannot realistically read three or four books over a long weekend.)

I will be reading Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Barchester Towers.

The Sixties Unplugged by Gerard De Groot
Brilliant Orange by David Winner
The Mother’s Mouth by Dash Shaw
Perverting Perversions by Sylvie Lotringer
Art Power by Boris Groys
Death: A comedy in one act by Woody Allen
Time Out of Mind: The Diaries of Leonard Michaels
That’s what on my nightstand. I don’t know which one I will pick up first.

Going to start and finish The Shadow Lines by Amitav Ghosh

Mark Z. Danielewski, ‘House of Leaves’. If I have time, I might go back and revisit O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin novels.
It’s a weird mix of genres, really– an intellectual horror and a fantastic historical fiction series.

I’m reading Yalo by Elias Khoury.

Virginia Woolf’s Second Common Reader and Moi’s book on Ibsen.


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.

Shop though these links = Support this site

Copyright © 2018. Powered by WordPress & Romangie Theme.