Ecstasy of a Feminist Tragedian in New York

The New York Stories by Elizabeth Hardwick My rating: 4 of 5 stars For me this collection divides along a line between story-driven episodes that unfold ideas & characters from a narrative, and pieces that dissolve these elements in a diffuse, intensely poetic, emotionally charged meandering. But perhaps I’m being overly convergent in seeing a… Continue reading Ecstasy of a Feminist Tragedian in New York


Three torments

Three Strong Women by Marie NDiaye My rating: 3 of 5 stars Three abrasively unpleasant stories snagged on overlapping locations, like Khady’s torn leg and torn ear, snagged and then torn loose by impersonal brutality, a world that wounds. NDiaye’s style reminded me of other extremely ‘interior’ texts, in particular The Hour of the Star.… Continue reading Three torments