by Tom LeClair

Flint and the Museum of Lead


Lead leaches. From mines to minds, from metal to metaphor.

City on Fire – Garth Risk Hallberg


Hallberg has at least attempted the Great New York Novel, but Hallberg has placed too much trust in the throw-weight of his subject and his pages, so the “great” is less qualitative than quantitative.

How to Exploit a Dead Writer


The reality of David Foster Wallace’s life is minimized, if not quite evaded, by what the screenwriter and director omit or massage to keep The End of the Tour on a predictable narrative arc and a comfortable, mostly comic plane.