Malone Dies from Three Novels by Samuel Beckett. Grove Press. 407 pp. $15.95. I think that Malone Dies, the second novel in Beckett’s famous trilogy, concerns the creative process. At the beginning of the novel Malone (the name is arbitrary; it could just as easily be Molloy, or Moran) is in some kind of institution … Continue reading How Can You Tell?
Molloy from Three Novels by Samuel Beckett. Grove Press. 407 pp. $15.95. I’m not sure I’ve ever read a stranger book than Molloy, the first novel in the famous trilogy that Samuel Beckett published in his early forties. It makes no sense whatsoever, especially in its first eighty-five pages. It concerns a man—the eponymous narrator—who … Continue reading I Believe the Word is Entropy
Trying Not to Try: The Art and Science of Spontaneity by Edward Slingerland. Crown. 296 pp. $26.00. When he was a teenager, we all noticed that my nephew Charlie was surrounded by beautiful young women, though he seemed less accomplished than his older brothers (he wasn’t; he was just younger). You’d go over in the … Continue reading In That Stillness is the Great Dynamic Activity
I’ll See You in My Dreams. A movie by Brett Haley. Starring Blythe Danner and Sam Elliott. I’ll See You in My Dreams is yet another oldster movie (they’re taking over the art houses; stock in some Chardonnay), and concerns an older woman who has been widowed for twenty years, has never been interested in … Continue reading I Thought I Heard Somebody Snoring
Lost Christianity: A Journey of Rediscovery By Jacob Needleman. Tarcher/Penguin. 228 pp. $15.95 I had thought I would only reread the opening section of this book—Three Christians—because I love the portrait the author draws there of three unusual Christians and their transformative practices, but as I finished that section I continued and reread the whole … Continue reading A Wrong Turn
Love & Mercy A film by Bill Pohland. “How did he die?” my wife said, as we were waiting for the opening of “Love & Mercy,” the new movie about Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. “I don’t know. I think he drowned. But I think everyone drowned.” I had previously told her Audrey Hepburn … Continue reading Was This the One with the High Voice?