Notes on yet another novel about love

There are works so luminous that they fill us with shame for the meager life to which we are resigned, that they implore us to lead another, wiser, fuller life; works so powerful that they give us strength, and force us to new undertakings. A book can play this role. #134 of 2011 • Enough [...]

marginalia || Beside the Sea, by Véronique Olmi; translated by Adriana Hunter

There’s always something infinitely satisfying about books that take risks. Most especially when those books are good. How to balance subject matter or form or technique and the reader it must lead to? How to fine-tune that balance between craft and the artist's intentions? How to ruffle the bejeebies of a person, and still have her, [...]