The River Swimmer – Jim Harrison

This book contains two novellas – one concerning an aging art professor and the other explores a gifted, young swimmer whose wisdom belies his years. Harrison seems to use his characters as proxies of himself lately and these two novellas are no different – lustful outdoors-men who enjoy their whiskey, wine and food. At first…

The Flamethrowers – Rachel Kushner

Chapter 3, in its entirety, is a study in beautiful language. I dug the motorcycle parts. I didn’t dig the art parts. I dig her obvious love of language. I didn’t dig her obvious overuse of language. This is another “flawed genius” book. It’s worth the pretense and, let’s be honest, I think it’s impossible…