elsewhere || “A Failed Conceit: How I Became a Famous Novelist by Steve Hely,” at POC-Metakritiko

My review of Steve Hely’s debut novel How I Became a Famous Novelist, is up on The Philippine Online Chronicles, so go clicky, if you are so inclined. Be warned, though: Sasha is not a happy goat when it comes to this book. The review begins: The narcissistic aspect of a debut novelist having his debut novel revolve [...]

elsewhere || “Almost the Whole Story: The Secret Lives of People in Love by Simon Van Booy,” at POC-Metakritiko

My review of Simon Van Booy's lovely short story collection, The Secret Lives of People in Love, is up on The Philippine Online Chronicles. [For the record, Mr. Van Booy, I would've killed for that title.] A snippet from the review: Though the nineteen short stories revolve around love and its many forms, it is [...]

elsewhere || Review of Asleep in the Sun, by Adolfo Bioy Casares, at POC-Metakritiko

My review of NYRB Classics' Asleep in the Sun, novel of Adolfo Bioy Casares, is up on The Philippine Online Chronicles. Casares' slim novel is only my second NYRB read, and it sort of fell on my lap on BookSale spelunking -- I think I hurt the guy beside me reaching for this book. Here's [...]

elsewhere || “Lydia Davis Breaks It Down” at POC-Metakritiko

My kind-of review of Break It Down, short story collection of Lydia Davis [included in The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis], is up on Metakritiko at The Philippine Online Chronicles: "Lydia Davis Breaks It Down." Well. That's all, really. I mean, click, if you're so inclined. I like this collection, though with reservations. And I [...]

elsewhere || “The Missteps of Lorrie Moore, Literary Hero” at POC-Metakritiko

My review of A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore is up on the Metakritiko section of The Philippine Online Chronicles. It's part of an [bleep]-word essay called "The Missteps of Lorrie Moore, Literary Hero," and has been divided in two because we want to be considerate of the TL;DR crowd. Aherm. So. The [...]