In Defence of Criticism: A Short Essay

To Criticise or Not To Criticise? You hear criticism and you probably don’t think much of the term (or you may be suspicious) — if that is the case, you are not without reason. We often use the word “criticism” in the negative. For instance, you might have said: “I didn’t like how X criticisedContinue reading “In Defence of Criticism: A Short Essay”

We are all bitched from the start: A Review of the Hemingway Letters, Volume 5.

When one thinks of Ernest Hemingway, two images usually spring to mind. There is the familiar Ernest of the 1920s in Paris: youthful, energetic, courageous and fearless, with dimples in his cheeks; an image perpetuated by the author himself in his posthumous memoir A Moveable Feast. Then there is the seminal image of Papa Hemingway inContinue reading “We are all bitched from the start: A Review of the Hemingway Letters, Volume 5.”

Looking at Ruins of Youth: A Review of Donna Tartt’s ‘The Secret History’

★★★☆☆ Chapter 1 of The Secret History begins with a thump, dynamically, boisterously: “Does such a thing as ‘the fatal flaw,’ that snowy dark crack running down the middle of a life, exist outside literature? I used to think it didn’t. Now I think it does. And I think that mine is this: a morbidContinue reading “Looking at Ruins of Youth: A Review of Donna Tartt’s ‘The Secret History’”