Steinbeck’s Pieta

If I could, I would write this post with nothing but teardrops on paper, as that would be a more eloquent tribute to my manly sensitivity and the soul-wrenching grip of one of my favourite novels. Disclaimer: the following verbal abuse is directed specifically towards non-literature-blog-reading-bankers, so we’re cool, yeah? Hypothetical: What if Rose of Sharon’s baby…

The Truth About Fante’s Ask The Dust

Here’s what’s so remarkable about Fante’s work. I’m not sure that the following hypothetical would change much at all. The question is an important one, however, as the chief merit of Fante’s work is his unflinching portrayal of the truth. Bukowski, who famously claimed, ‘Fante was my God’, praised him for writing the truth, and for being a man…

Edward Thomas’s Road Not Taken

Let’s talk Edward Thomas. Here’s a conversation starter for you right off the bat: our beloved ‘The Road Not Taken’ by Robert Frost was written about his indecisive friend Edward Thomas, and is really concerned with the futility of choice, not with gawking at free will. But let’s imagine a road not taken by literary…