Category: metafiction

The Ingram Interview by K.B. Dixon

Meet Daniel Ingram, retired English professor: despondent, eccentric, and in the midst of writing his memoir, after being kicked out of his current home (a retirement facility) for depressing the other residents. The story itself is the process of Daniel writing his story, so…

Thoughts: Don Quixote, Part Two by Miguel Cervantes

  The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, Part Two by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra Final Verdict: 3.75 out of 4.0 YTD: 40 The Second Part of Don Quixote was published in 1615, exactly ten years after the first. According to Cervantes’s dedication, it…

Review: That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo

That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo Final Verdict: 3.75 out of 4.0 YTD: 52 Plot/Story: 3 – Plot/Story is interesting and believable. That Old Cape Magic might be one of my favorite reads of the year.  The main character, Jack Griffin, is the son…

Review: White Noise by Don DeLillo

White Noise by Don DeLillo Final Verdict: 3.75 out of 4.0 YTD: 51 Plot/Story: 4 – Plot/Story is interesting/believable and impactful (socially, academically, etc.)  “This is the language of waves and radiation, of how the dead speak to the living.” White Noise is the story…

Review: The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde Final Verdict: 3.5 out of 4.0 YTD: 67 Plot/Story: 3 – Plot/Story is interesting & believable. Thursday Next, Special Ops LiteraTec Agent, has a secret or two.  The biggest secret, perhaps, is that, as a young girl, she…

Review: The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh

Summary: As New York Times columnist Ben Brantley said of McDonagh’s work here: “comedies don’t come any blacker than ‘The Pillowman.’” The vast majority of the play is set in a police station interrogation room, where a young man is being tortured into admitting…

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