Dennis Haritou

Mrs. Osmond by John Banville

Henry James’ Portrait of a Lady, an early work, was published in book form in 1881 after…

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

This is the third of my readings from the 2017 Man Booker longlist, including the winner, Lincoln…

Strangler Bob by Denis Johnson

‘Strangler Bob’, in the Oct 23rd New Yorker is as perfect and satisfying a short story, a…

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

The impact of Mohsin Hamid’s new novel, shortlisted for the Man Booker, depends on the fulcrum of…

A Discussion of William Eggleston’s Guide

Dennis Haritou: JR, I had come across a remark about William Eggleston to the effect that he…

Poetry for Straight Guys – The Comedian as the Letter C

Every activity that’s worthwhile in life is competitive. That’s the Greek in me talking. Reading is a form of competition as well. Reading poetry is a skill that you should have, like being able to swim. But being able to use a paddle board to get across the pool is not swimming. You can swim when you can do laps on your own. Likewise, if you haven’t read long poems then you haven’t read poetry.