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Misreadings: Jonathan Ball on Yann Martel

Misreadings: Jonathan Ball on Yann Martel

Life of Pi, Yann Martel. Vintage Canada, 2002.  by Jonathan Ball Misreadings imagines alternative (or détourned) versions of literary and film works, and subjects these nonexistent imaginings to analysis. Let’s imagine that Yann Martel’s much-admired and much-maligned novel Life of Pi is, in secret fact, a horror novel. The most obvious horror-story aspect of Martel’s novel...
Misreadings: Jonathan Ball on Shirley Jackson

Misreadings: Jonathan Ball on Shirley Jackson

Misreadings: Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House by Jonathan Ball Misreadings imagines alternative (or détourned) versions of literary and film works, and subjects these nonexistent imaginings to analysis. Let’s imagine that Shirley Jackson’s horror classic The Haunting of Hill House is a metafiction, that it tips its hand in its first paragraph, and that...

How Fiction Works: On Joyce Carol Oates

“How ingenious, Anton! Did you carve it yourself?” This was the sort of inane question you asked Anton Kruppev. For you had to say something to alleviate the tension of the man’s aggressive-doggy eagerness to please, to impress, to make you laugh. Hadley recalled the first time Anton had come by to see her, which...

The Quick Review: Alice Munro

Alice Munro, “Free Radicals” New Yorker, February 11 A new story by Alice Munro in the current New Yorker had the Hound up part of the night, and just when she had begun to think that Munro couldn’t zing her anymore. The twist in plot took her completely by surprise. Cheeky, it is. A smart...

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