On Books and Literary Matters (an index of sorts)

Here is a chronological list of many of the book reviews and longer pieces on literary and related subjects found on this web site, with links added in a few cases; capsule reviews of films are omitted, and this list is otherwise far from complete:

Review of A MOVEABLE FEAST (Bard Observer, September 1964)

Review of THE CRYING OF LOT 49 (Bard Observer, May 1966)

“I Missed It at the Movies: Objections to ‘Raising KANE’” (Film Comment, Spring 1972)

Review of JEAN RENOIR: THE WORLD OF HIS FILMS (Film Comment, January-February 1973)

Review of GRAVITY’S RAINBOW (Village Voice, March 1973)

“Raymond Durgnat” (Film Comment, May-June 1973)

Review of Dwight Macdonald’s DISCRIMINATIONS (Village Voice, Oct. 1974)

Review of Gore Vidal’s MYRON (Village Voice, Nov. 1974)

Review of Noel Burch’s THEORY OF FILM PRACTICE (Sight and Sound, Winter 1974/75)

On Jean Renoir [book review] (Film Comment, May-June 1976)

“Film Writing Degree Zero: The Marketplace and the University” (Sight and Sound, Autumn 1977)

Review of Noel Burch’s TO THE DISTANT OBSERVER (American Film, July-August 1979)

Review of Graham Greene’s DR. FISCHER OF GENEVA (Soho News, May 1980)

“Dr. Percy to the Rescue” [on Walker Percy’s THE SECOND COMING] (Soho News, July 1980]

“A Fine Madness” [The Legacy of Mad Comics] (Soho News, July 1980)

“Reactionary Humor and Southern Comfort” [Review of A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES] (Soho News, August 1980)

“Barthes of My Heart” [review of Roland Barthes’ NEW CRITICAL ESSAYS] (Soho News, September 1980)

“Under the Sign of Sontag” [review of UNDER THE SIGN OF SATURN] (Soho News, November 1980)

“Cliff Notes from Mt. Olympus” [review of Nabokov’s LECTURES ON LITERATURE] (Soho News, November 1980)

“McCarthy’s Law” [review of IDEAS AND THE NOVEL] (Soho News, February 1981)

“Ad Hominem” [review of DIXIANA MOON] (Soho News, March 1981)

Review of MOVING PLACES by “Nancy Rothstein” (Film Comment, May-June 1981)

Review of Vito Russo’s THE CELLULOID CLOSET (Soho News, August 1981)

“Reading about Looking and Looking at Reading” [review of CAMERA LUCIDA and IF ON A WINTER’S NIGHT A TRAVELER] (Soho News, August 18, 1981)

“Excremental Visionary” [review of John Waters’ SHOCK VALUE] (Soho News, September 1981)

“Czar Babies” [Review of Nabokov’s LECTURES ON RUSSIAN LITERATURE] (Soho News, November 1981)

David Bordwell on Dreyer (a book review) (Film Comment, November-December 1981)

“The Way We Were” [book reviews] (American Film, April 1982)

Review of Martin Gardner’s SCIENCE: GOOD, BAD AND BOGUS (Village Voice, June 1, 1982)

Four Books on The Hollywood Musical (Film Quarterly, Summer 1982)

On William Pechter (Film Comment, July-August 1982)

“Barthes & Film: 12 Suggestions” (Sight and Sound, Winter 1982/83)

Review of JERRY LEWIS IN PERSON (Village Voice, January 25, 1983)

Review of John Belton’s CINEMA STYLISTS (Film Quarterly, Summer 1984)

“Black Window: Cornell Woolrich and Movies” (Film Comment, September-October 1984)

“Gee, Dad, It’s a Wurlitzer” [Review of Rudy Wurlitzer’s SLOW FADE] (Los Angeles Reader, December 1984)

“Olaf Stapledon: The Father of Modern Science Fiction” (High Times, August 1985)

Reading: The (Remote) Glass House That Jerry Built (previously unpublished; written in July 1988)

“Pynchon’s Prayer” (review of VINELAND) (Chicago Reader, March 9, 1990)

“The Wild One” (review of Richard Schickel’s Brando biography), Newsday, July 1991

“They Drive By Night: The Criticism of Manny Farber” (Placing Movies: The Practice of Film Criticism, 1995; written in 1993)

Review of THE EARLY FILM CRITICISM OF FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT (Cineaste, Spring 1993)

Review of James Naremore’s THE FILMS OF VINCENTE MINNELLI (Cineaste, Fall 1995)

Review of Michel Chion’s AUDIO-VISION: SOUND ON SCREEN (Cineaste, Winter 1995)

Review of MASON & DIXON (In These Times, July 1997)

“Samuel Fuller: The Words of an Innocent Warrior” (Written By 2, no. 3, March 1998)

Review of SPEAKING ABOUT GODARD & NEGATIVE SPACE  (Cineaste, Fall 1998)

“The Countercultural Histories of Rudy Wurlitzer” (Written By 3, no. 8, November 1998)

“Daney in English: A Letter to Trafic” (Trafic no. 37, Spring 2001)

“Radical Humanism and the Coexistence of Film and Poetry in THE HOUSE IS BLACK” (lecture, April 1, 2001)

 “The American Cinema Revisited” (on Andrew Sarris) (Cinema Scope, Winter 2001)

Review of Peter Wollen’s PARIS HOLLYWOOD (Cineaste, Fall 2003)

“How to Capture an Artist” [on SYLVIA & IN THE MIRROR OF MAYA DEREN] (Chicago Reader, October 31, 2003)

 ”How to Read a Movie” (Review of STONE READER, Chicago Reader, July 18, 2003)

Review of Abel Ferrara: The Moral Vision (previously unpublished; written for the Guardian in June 2004)

Review of Colin MacCabe’s Godard: A Portrait of the Artist at Seventy (Cineaste, Summer 2004)

“Radical Humanism and the Coexistence of Film and Poetry in The House is Black” (Facets Video DVD liner notes, 2005)

Review of Simon Callow’s ORSON WELLES, VOLUME 2: HELLO AMERICANS (Cineaste, Fall 2006)

Review of Icons of Grief: Val Lewton’s Home Front Pictures (Stop Smiling, 2006)

Review of Pynchon’s AGAINST THE DAY (Chicago Reader, December 1, 2006)

Review of WALT DISNEY: THE TRIUMPH OF THE AMERICAN IMAGINATION (Cineaste, Summer 2007)

 On Forough Farrokhzad (May 28, 2008)

Review of Richard Brody’s Godard biography (Village Voice, May 13, 2008)

Ernest Borneman (5/16/08)

Recommended Reading: Naomi Klein (5/20/08)

Two late books by William Styron (5/21/08)

Shklovsky’s LITERATURE AND CINEMATOGRAPHY (5/25/08)

Alain Resnais/Harry Dickson (5/26/08)

Mark Rappaport book (in French) (6/11/08)

Books on Charles Fort and Mayakovsky (8/5/08)

Kenneth Fearing poems (10/10/08)

Sadeq Hedayat’s THREE DROPS OF BLOOD  (12/24/08)

Gilbert Adair’s AND THEN THERE WAS NO ONE (1/4/09)

NOT ENOUGH AIR(an amazing play) (2/6/09)

NATIVE SON (novel and play) (2/10/09)

Barack Obama’s DREAMS FROM MY FATHER: A STORY OF RACE AND INHERITANCE (2/17/09)

FRANKLY, MY DEAR: GONE WITH THE WIND REVISITED (3/3/09)

Review of BRITTON ON FILM (Film Comment, March-April 2009)

Dave Hickey’s THE INVISIBLE DRAGON (3/18/09)

FLANNERY: A LIFE OF FLANNERY O’CONNOR (3/20/09)

Fredric Brown, Madness, and CRACK-UP (3/22/09)

J. Hoberman in French and in English (3/31/09)

On Luc Moullet books and DVD (5/3/09)

What is Cinema? (and, if you know what that is, what is film study?) (on new translation of Bazin) (5/4/09)

Thornton Wilder’s HEAVEN’S MY DESTINATION (5/20/09)

On Luc Moullet books and DVD (5/3/09)

What is Cinema? (and, if you know what that is, what is film study?) (on new translation of Bazin) (5/4/09)

Books by Alfred Leslie (5/30/09)

Review of Pynchon’s INHERENT VICE (Slate, August 3, 2009)

VINCENTE MINNELLI: THE ART OF ENTERTAINMENT (8/19/09)

Eric Hobsbawm on American Empire (9/17/09)

Morris Dickstein’s DANCING IN THE DARK (9/28/09)

A dialogue about death by Milan Kundera (10/4/09)

Recommended Reading: Two Books by and about Lindsay Anderson (10/13/09)

“The First Cordelia” [review of IN MY FATHER'S SHADOW: A DAUGHTER REMEMBERS ORSON WELLES] (Moving Image Source, November 13, 2009)

J.D. Salinger (1919-2010): A Minor Memoir (1/29/10)

“The Apotheosis of Donald Phelps (and David Wayne)” (3/6/10)

“Can a ‘Complete History of American Film Criticism’ Exist?” (3/19/10)

“Diane Johnson” (April 2010)

A Forthcoming Novel by Robin Wood (4/20/10)

Review of Chris Fujiwara’s JERRY LEWIS (Cineaste, Spring 2010)

Review of Tony Pipolo’s ROBERT BRESSON (Cineaste, Summer 2010)

Two French Godard Books: Informational Obstacles (and Teasers) (7/7/10)

GERTRUD and LIGHT IN AUGUST (Criterion web site, October 26. 2010)

Review of ANOTHER FINE MESS: A HISTORY OF AMERICAN FILM COMEDY (Film Comment, November-December 2010)

What I’m Reading (August 2010) (11/9/10)

The Poetry (and the Sociology) of Surreal Juxtaposition (11/18/10)

Recommended Reading: n + 1, Fall 2010 (11/24/10)

“O’Neill’s Next-to-Last Testament: THE ICEMAN COMETH”

THE SIRENS OF TITAN etc. (2/12/11)

A Double Standard at the Library of America? (3/25/11)

Albert Brooks, Woody Allen, and Money  (5/21/11)

LA SAGA: CINÉASTES, DE NOTRE TEMPS: UNE HISTOIRE DU CINÉMA EN 100 FILMS (8/13/11)

On Robin Wood’s TRAMMEL UP THE CONSEQUENCE (8/17/11)

Recommended: THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES by Sarah Kozloff (9/5/11)

“Globalized” Kael in THE AGE OF MOVIES (11/5/11)

Gilbert Adair (December 29, 1944 — December 8, 2011) (Film Comment, March-April 2012)

Straub-Huillet’s ÉCRITS and a Few Comparable Insights (3/21/12)

“Nightmare as Funhouse Ride: Orson Welles’ THE TRIAL” (essay for Studio Canal Blu-Ray, Spring 2012)

Recommended Reading: CAPRICCI 2012 & Leo Robson on Wes Anderson (6/5/12)

“ZONA and NORIKO SMILING: Two Literary Voyages into Film Analysis”  (Film Comment, November-December 2012)  

“Sátántangó (Film and Novel) as Faulknerian Reverie” (Music & Literature, Spring 2013)

On ORSON WELLES AND ROGER HILL: A FRIENDSHIP IN THREE ACTS (6/25/13)

On Eduardo de Gregorio’s ASPERN (May 2014)

On Michael Witt’s JEAN-LUC GODARD, CINEMA HISTORIAN (Sight and Sound, August 2014)

On William Styron vs. Richard Burton (Moving Image Source, January 2015)

“Remembrance of Things Passed: Some Reflections on Moral Agency and Global Synchronicity” (Border Crossings [Winnipeg, Canada], Fall 2015)

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