This is the song that winds up unmoored between the heart that’s felt it and the tip of the tongue that awaits the heart’s transmission, the song that dies with its singer until it rises like a spirit to wander American ground, in search of a promise that’s determined to keep itself.
“300 Arguments” is a delectation, a book whose great precision and honesty constitute an irresistible incitement to think. Maybe these are the arguments of the title: 300 cuts that will draw a little of your blood.
In “South and West: From a Notebook,” they exemplify Didion’s signature brand of reportorial haiku — her pitiless camera eye, razor-sharp wit and telling techniques of self-deprecation that only bring the reader — at least this reader — further along for the ride.
“The Idiot” is not just a campus novel but also a vibrant novel of ideas, and we see in young Selin a nascent literary scholar and travel writer with a propensity for analysis, connections and mordant wit.
“A Train Through Time” offers the reader an opportunity to “ride along” with an intelligent and reflective narrator as she inventories her life and offers us an insider’s view of some of the most morally challenging moments in our country’s history.
“Exit West” is lit with hope. Hamid has said that “part of the great political crisis we face in the world today is a failure to imagine plausible desirable futures,” and that “fiction can imagine differently.”