Author: Jeff Alford

No Good Alternative by William T. Vollmann 0

No Good Alternative by William T. Vollmann

★★★★★ No Good Alternative is the second half of William T. Vollmann’s Carbon Ideologies, a sprawling two-volume presentation on the world’s energy consumption and its resultant environmental dangers. Together, the two parts of Carbon...

The Crystal World by J.G. Ballard 0

The Crystal World by J.G. Ballard

★★★★☆ Originally published in 1966 and reissued this summer by Picador, J.G. Ballard’s fourth novel The Crystal World is a metaphysical, conceptual adventure through the jungles of Africa. Edward Sanders, a doctor specializing in...

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Concrete Island by J.G. Ballard

★★★☆☆ Speeding home from his London office, thirty-five-year-old Robert Maitland crashes his Jaguar off the highway and onto an empty stretch of land surrounded by speeding traffic. Dazed and wounded from his accident, Maitland...

J.M. Coetzee Late Essays 0

Late Essays 2006-2017 by J.M. Coetzee

★★★★★ Book reviews, literary essays and literary criticism all appear to belong under the same heading of “writing about books,” but the difference between these three fields is more nuanced that some may think....

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My German Brother by Chico Buarque

★★★☆☆ Although not immediately aware of the transformation, Ciccio’s life changes when he finds a decades-old letter stashed between the pages of his father’s rare edition of The Golden Bough. His father, a book...

Mirror Shoulder Signal by Dorthe Nors 0

Mirror, Shoulder, Signal by Dorthe Nors

★★★☆☆ Translated from the Danish, Dorthe Nors’ Mirror, Shoulder, Signal is a slight, anxious novel about self-improvement and self-acceptance. Centered around middle-aged Sonja’s decision to enroll in a driving school and finally get her...