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Dan Barrett
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I am a freelance writer and teacher who lives in New York.


Reviews

Sunday, March 22 2015

Wonder of Wonders: A New/Old Anthology From Teffi

The stories in Subtly Worded are lost gems from Russia's wacky past.


Thursday, February 26 2015

Two Troubled People = Explosive Chemistry

Along the way to Preparation for the Next Life's dramatic conclusion, there's a good deal of lovely, Nabokovian-like descriptive writing.


Tuesday, February 10 2015

Matthew Thomas Tackles Dementia in His Ambitious First Novel, 'We Are Not Ourselves'

At one point, Thomas gave up his teaching job because the desire to finish his writing had outweighed the desire to achieve financial security. Such passion is evident in the pages of his novel.


Monday, December 22 2014

One of Ireland's Greatest Living Writers Hits Another Home Run With 'Nora Webster'

Colm Toibin's latest literary outing is like a complex Persian rug: the reader must work to notice and appreciate the patterns.


Saturday, December 20 2014

Edward St. Aubyn's 'On the Edge' Brings Some Humor to Life's Fathomless Oddness

Here's another reasonably entertaining novel of ideas from this internationally-celebrated satirist.


Blogs

Thursday, January 8 2015

I've Never Read a P. D. James Novel That I Didn't Like

James offers you an opportunity to get to know each of the suspects in full before the murderer's identity is revealed. And so you feel a kind of intense shock at the climax of a novel.


Wednesday, March 12 2014

Is Laura Wilder's 'Little House' Series Right for Kids These Days?

Should the fact of Laura Wilder's dated prejudices lead us to abandon Little House and its sequels?


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