The OF Blog: This is what you've been missing if you haven't followed what Paul Smith and I have written at Gogol's Overcoat

Monday, April 16, 2012

This is what you've been missing if you haven't followed what Paul Smith and I have written at Gogol's Overcoat

Yes, I know there are very few reviews being posted here at the OF Blog, mostly because I haven't yet begun reviewing the various genre shortlists that have come out recently.  But over at Gogol's Overcoat, which Paul Smith and I are co-admins, we have had a lot of material go up in the past three and a half months.  For those who haven't followed it, here are links to many of the posts we have written:

Faulkner Fridays - Roughly every Friday, I try to post my thoughts on a novel or 1-3 short fictions Faulkner wrote.  I will have the April 13th entry, on his novel If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem (The Wild Palms) up either late tonight or tomorrow.  But here are links to the first fourteen entries:


6 – As I Lay Dying
13 – “A Rose for Emily”
20 – Sanctuary
27 – “Barn Burning”


3 – Light in August
10 – “Red Leaves”
17 – “Shingles for the Lord”; New Orleans Sketches
24 – Pylon


2 – “Hair”; “Nympholepsy”
9 – Absalom, Absalom!
16 – “A Justice”; “Lion”; “The Bear”
23 – “The Tall Men”; “Adolescence”
30 – The Unvanquished


6 – “Centaur in Brass”

Don DeLillo's Americana (written by Paul)

Philip Roth's American Pastoral (written by Paul)

"Remembering the Battle of Shiloh 150 Years Later" (essay and pictures taken by myself)

Man Asian Prize

Kyung sook-Shin, Please Look After Mom (winner)

Yan Lianke, Dreams of Ding Village (finalist)

National Book Critics Circle Awards

Laura Kasischke, Space, In Chains (poetry winner)

Teju Cole, Open City (fiction finalist)

Alan Hollinghurst, The Stranger's Child (fiction finalist)

Dana Spiotta, Stone Arabia (fiction finalist)

Forrest Gander, Core Samples from the World (poetry finalist)

(Note:  Several reviews are not linked here because they were posted here at the OF Blog in 2010 when I reviewed the National Book Awards.  Edith Pearlman won the fiction award for her Binocular Vision.)

Zora Neale Hurston

Jonah's Gourd Vine

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Moses, Man of the Mountain

1961 Nobel Finalists

E.M. Forster

J.R.R. Tolkien

(More of the finalists will be reviewed later in the year)

In addition, later this week will appear the first two reviews of a roughly biweekly Mondayish (as in I finish reading them by that time, with a review to follow within the next week or so) series on 2010 Nobel literature laureate Mario Vargas Llosa's fiction and selected non-fiction.  Paul I believe will be continuing to review works by DeLillo and Roth, among others, and both of us plan on mixing in recent book releases (Samuel Delany's Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders and Jac Jemc's upcoming debut novel, My Wife, will be reviewed by the end of the month), at least one more Civil War in Tennessee piece by myself, and then possibly pieces on cinema, arts, and other matters of history.  We also hope to have occasional guest pieces as well.  If you haven't followed us yet, maybe these links will help sway you some?

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