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Jon Morris
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A product of the much-maligned American public education system, Jon Morris holds a Ph.D. in Translation Studies/Comparative Literature. His interests include Existential Philosophy and Pessimism, Jazz Noir and Electronica. He teaches in upstate NY.

 


Reviews

Tuesday, December 16 2014

'The Strange Library' Is Classic, Opaque Murakami

Whimsical and frustrating, Murakami's latest may alienate some readers, but fans will want to add this oddity to their collection.


Monday, November 10 2014

To Beard or Not to Beard? Thomas Gowing Ponders the Question

Gowing's manifesto is short on philosophy, long on facial hair, and bound to appeal to high-brow and low-brow readers alike.


Wednesday, October 29 2014

'The Art of the English Murder': It's Not all Good Clean Fun

The second half of the19th century saw the murder rate drop precisely when "the activity of enjoying a murder became increasingly acceptable."


Friday, September 12 2014

'What We See When We Read': Covers, Imagination, and Everything in Between

"When we discuss the feeling of reading we are really talking about the memory of having read," says Peter Mendelsund, "and this memory of reading is a false memory."


Monday, June 2 2014

Hooked on True Detective? Check Out Its Influence, Thomas Ligotti

Thomas Ligotti is an unapologetic, darkly-humored pessimist, and that may be what many have found most disturbing and fascinating about True Detective.


Blogs

Tuesday, June 18 2013

Facing It: Living with Disfigurement in Marc Dugain's 'The Officer's Ward'

Marc Dugain's novella about a soldier wounded in WWI has probably never been more relevant than now.


Friday, June 14 2013

A Painful Pleasure: Peter Trachtenberg's 'The Book of Calamities'

Sometimes the value of a book is far more than the price of the book.


Thursday, June 13 2013

Charles Yu. Stories. Please Read.

Charles Yu creates a world so strange in 'Sorry. Please. Thank You. Stories.' that it just might be real.


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