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Readings for October 2017

Against Everything by Mark Greif

I had never heard of Mark Greif, but I was struck by the title Against Everything. I had not been reading as much non-fiction recently, so the idea of a book of essays really hit the spot. I found the essays contained in this volume very entertaining reads. I enjoyed them to the point that I considered picking up some n+1 to find out what else Greif has produced.

Greif's topics are varied, and his comment is insightful. I was never bored in reading these, nor did I find his writing predictable.

Criticism and essay are truly important forms. They are a crucial part of the balance in literary life. I recommend this volume.


  • Harper's July 2017