Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A loss for fans of great writing: Robert B. Silvers Dies at 87

Robert B. Silvers was a founding editor of The New York Review of Books. As editor, he shaped the NYRB into a publication offering great writing on important issues. Here is a link to his obituary in the New York Times.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Recommended Reading: The Mirror Thief by Martin Seay

The Mirror Thief by Martin Seay is an exciting and unusual novel. The book consists of three lightly-linked story lines, told in alternating chapters. The story lines take place in 1) Vegas in 2003, 2) Venice Beach, California, in 1958, and 3) Venice, Italy, in 1592. I'm not going to try and summarize the plot (the author notes that it took him five years to write the book), beyond mentioning that there are gamblers, thugs, shootings, murders, planned kidnappings, hopped-up hippies and more. The NYT's review of The Mirror Thief called it "mystical literary fiction with a hard edge." All I can say is, it's quite the book and I really enjoyed it. And I cried at the end!

One suggestion: The Mirror Thief is very long. If you can read an electronic, that might make sense.