A selection of the best books I read this year in a number of categories: best fiction, best big history, best book I wish I had read years ago, best book by a French academic, best economics and most disappointing.
Second-hand Time is a collection of voices, stories, fragments and witness accounts. They tell of the individual and collective experience of existence in the grinding jaws of history.
A selection of the best books I read in 2014 in various categories, from best fiction and best non-fiction to most fashionable, most eye-opening and the best book about Wittgenstein that is(n't) about Wittgenstein.
A selection of the best books I read in 2013, including the best books I wish I had read years ago, the best book about Claude Lévi-Strauss and the most disappointing books.
Every now and then I read a novel that leaves me wholly indifferent. This is one of them.
A selection of the best books I read this year, which this year includes a number of books I wish I had read years ago.
Gary Shteyngart's novel Super Sad True Love Story is a surprisingly prescient novel. A recent article in the NY Times shows that another part of his dystopian vision is already a reality.
I didn't read it in high school because someone told me it was dreadful. He was right.
I remember by the American writer and artist Joe Brainard is a gem of a novel. The concept is really quite simple: the novel consists entirely of a long list of short sentences that start with "I remember". The effect is mesmerizing.
I'd originally planned to read One Hundred Years of Solitude at my 100th or 80th birthday, but I couldn't wait.
I finally entered the pantheon of readers who have read James Joyce's Ulysses.
The Picture of Dorian Gray is full of the witticisms that Oscar Wilde has become famous for. Here are some of my favourites.