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Daniel Green
Interests: Good writing, creative and critical.
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From my review of Angela Woodward's Natural Wonders, now available at Full Stop: It would seem that many of the more adventurous younger women writers right now are tending toward a kind of undisguised fabulism as their chosen form of departure from conventional practice. Writers like Joanna Ruocco, Danielle Dutton,... Continue reading
My review of John Keene's Counternarratives has been posted at the Kenyon Review Online: John Keene’s Counternarratives is neither a collection of short stories, nor the sort of linked novel-by-proxy series that has become increasingly common in the past decade or so. This extraordinary book is instead unified by the... Continue reading
My review of Derek Attridge's The Work of Literature, at New Rambler Review: But for the critic’s attempt to be either just or unjust, the “literary work itself” must have palpable qualities that are not simply functions of the reader’s perception. There must be the possibility that some critics might... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at Daniel Green's The Reading Experience
My review of DeLillo's Zero K is available in the new issue or Open Letters Monthly: Zero K doesn’t exactly seem like self-parody, however; it is more like DeLillo has come to this DeLillo-like premise and cast of characters belatedly, after a dominant impression of “typical” DeLillo themes and motifs... Continue reading
At the Los Angeles Review of Books, I review S.D. Chrostowska's work of experimental criticism, Matches: Matches could variously be described as a miscellany, a commonplace book, a series of meditations. Some might initially regard it as a more or less disconnected collection of pensées (a quite sizable collection at... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2016 at Daniel Green's The Reading Experience
(Note: This is the paper I recently presented at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900. It was part of this panel.) While "surfing" the world wide web in late 2003, I began noticing certain websites—they looked more like online diaries—discussing books and writers with an enthusiasm and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2016 at Daniel Green's The Reading Experience
My review of Dumitru Tsepeneag's The Bulgarian Truck is available at 3:AM Magazine: Romanian novelist Dumitru Tsepeneag would seem to be among those post-communist East European writers whose fiction, as if in leaving the legacy of socialist realism as far behind as possible embraces its perceived opposite, could be described... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2016 at Daniel Green's The Reading Experience
Feb 18 Session B-3 Everyone's a Critic: Literature, Criticism and the Internet Although prominent writers such as Jonathan Franzen have accused the internet of corrupting and trivializing public discourse, online literary criticism has only become more credible and influential since its initial appearance over ten years ago. As journalists and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2016 at Daniel Green's The Reading Experience
My review of Joanna Ruocco's Dan is now available at Kenyon Review: "Clearly Joanna Ruocco would have to be included among those writers devoting themselves to the fabulative mode. Her most recent novel, Dan, is set in the fictional village named in the title, which itself seems to exist somewhere... Continue reading
TO BE PUBLISHED IN A REVISED FORM IN LATE 2016 BY COW EYE PRESS Includes essays on "Close Reading," "The Authority of Criticism," and others, as well as considerations of such critics as James Wood, Harold Bloom, and Susan Sontag. Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2015 at Daniel Green's The Reading Experience
CRITICAL FAILURES James Wood The limitations of James Wood's How Fiction Works become evident in just its first few pages. In his "Introduction," Wood tells us that although he admires the critics Victor Shklovsky and Roland Barthes, among their deficiencies was their failure to write as if they expected "to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2015 at On Critics and Criticism
My essay-review of John Barth's Collected Stories at The Quarterly Conversation: While numerous works prior to Lost in the Funhouse clearly enough now seem classifiable as postmodern (including Barth’s own previous two novels), it also now seems clear that this book is most responsible for clarifying (and raising) the stakes... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2015 at Daniel Green's The Reading Experience
Full Stop Satin Island, Tom McCarthy (link) I, Bartleby, Meredith Quartermain (link) Book of Numbers, Joshua Cohen (link) Silence and Song, Melanie Rae Thon (link) Kenyon Review Online Once Human, Steve Tomasula (link) Induced Coma, Harold Jaffe (link) Open Letters Monthly The Impossible Craft: Literary Biography, Scott Donaldson (link) The... Continue reading
Sam Sacks on the "insider" ethos in contemporary fiction: What is only rarely found is fiction that starts on the outside and, by virtue of formal innovation and the manipulation of language, stays outside. These are books that deconstruct the very act of reading. . .[T]he truth is that American... Continue reading
Lisa Ruddick on the antihumanist consensus: The poststructuralist critique of the self, though associated with progressive politics, has an unobserved, conservative effect on the lived world of the profession. It protects the institutional status quo by promoting the evacuation of selves into the group. In the story behind the story,... Continue reading
I generally agree with Mark de Silva's critique of contemporary fiction's loss of "visionary" power: In fiction, it seems we’ve grown increasingly accustomed to expecting, even from those we consider our most ambitious literary artists— a previous generation’s list would have included challenging writers like Nabokov, Robbe-Grillet, Pynchon, and Gass—to... Continue reading
I have to say I think Gordon Lish is correct. From what I've seen of Carver's work both pre- and post-Lish, if Carver had not been edited by Lish he would have been just another regressive realist. I was there before there was a record to suffer muddling, confusion, sides... Continue reading
The best book I read in 2015 was John Keene's Counternarratives. Since I will have a review of the book upcoming in Kenyon Review Online, I will not delineate its virtues here, except to say it's the kind of challenging, formally innovative work that is also simply enjoyable to read.... Continue reading
When James Purdy died in 2009 at the age of 94, most people who still recognized his name surely judged that he had long outlived whatever relevance he and his books might once have had. Although he published almost 30 books, according to the James Purdy Society website only 9... Continue reading
There are at least three ways by which we might classify Zachary Thomas Dodson's Bats of the Republic in order to characterize it adequately and evaluate it fairly: as a postapocalyptic narrative, as an example of the "steampunk" subgenre of science fiction, and as a so-called "illuminated" novel. Viewing it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2015 at Daniel Green's The Reading Experience
Hilary Plum on Indonesian writer Eka Kurniawan: When so little of a country’s literature has made its way to us in translation, it’s tempting to read what does appear as “news from elsewhere,” source material to help us understand Indonesia’s history and politics. Yet that would be an injustice to... Continue reading
My review of Melanie Rae Thon's Silence and Song at Full Stop: If Melanie Rae Thon is a writer less widely read than might be expected, given her skill in creating vivid characters and evoking an equally vivid sense of place, among the reasons for this would surely be the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2015 at Daniel Green's The Reading Experience
It is not surprising that one of the blurbs for Julie Reverb's debut novel, No Moon (appearing on the publisher's page--Calamari Archive-- for the book), is from Gary Lutz. While I do not know if the two writers are acquainted, or if Reverb would explicitly claim Lutz as an influence,... Continue reading
"The very title of this novel announces a departure for Matt Bell. Scrapper—with its homely brevity and flat vowels—stands in striking contrast to the Biblical roll of Bell’s 2013 In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods. So too, more substantial elements in the new book... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2015 at Critical Reading
The very title of this novel announces a departure for Matt Bell. Scrapper—with its homely brevity and flat vowels—stands in striking contrast to the Biblical roll of Bell’s 2013 In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods. So too, more substantial elements in the new book... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2015 at Critical Reading