Comment and reviews of books that captured my imagination.
Ellroy was always better, even in his formative period, than Robert Ludlum, Tom Clancy, or flavour of the month: Vince Flynn.
My reflections on John le Carré’s fictions.
A prurient adaptation of John le Carré’s first novel, Call for the Dead.
A glimpse at themes the author would refine and build on to write the later Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
Le Carré’s indelibly bleak vision of Dante’s ninth circle.
In Underworld USA, Ellroy eclipses even weirdness. Moving beyond into a genre and status that is just Ellroy on his own.
The film came close to equaling the intention of the novel and the much earlier BBC adaptation.
Hitchens’s mock trial proves Kissinger guilty of breaking US law on several occasions.
Beautifully observed and photographed, the story created in me a deep yearning for the innocence and privilege of the world these characters inhabited.
Michael Corleone is cast as the Nietzschean Übermensch, rejecting the conventions of his times, seizing his opportunities, ruthlessly destroying his enemies.