Jess Sauer

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Readings
After Dark
An unimaginative Murakami makes for a middling piece of work

Books, June 8, 2007

Readings
The McSweeney's Book of Poets Picking Poets

Books, May 18, 2007

DVD Watch
Twin Peaks: The Second Season
Twin Peaks: The Second Season, Dog Day Afternoon HD, and Old Joy

Screens, April 13, 2007

Best Books of 2006
Jess Sauer's Best Books of 2006

Books, Jan. 5, 2007

Readings
Melancholy
Jon Fosse's Melancholy is a repetitive book. The writer, Jon Fosse, repeats himself in Melancholy. It gets pretty exhausting after a while. After a while, it gets pretty exhausting.

Books, Nov. 24, 2006

Readings
Riding With Rilke: Reflections on Motorcycles and Books
It would be reasonable to imagine that all roads inside lead to Snoresville, but it would also be wrong

Books, Nov. 10, 2006

Readings
Real Sofistikashun
Tony Hoagland's book of essays doesn't waste a second on justifying himself or poetry

Books, Oct. 20, 2006

Readings
The Town on Beaver Creek: The Story of a Lost Kentucky Community
It also takes a certain kind of person to live on in the memories of the former townspeople, and since much of Michelle Slatalla's research was conducted in interviews, only the most extraordinary stories survive

Books, Sept. 15, 2006

Readings
The Driftless Area
A place where the ice age meets the modern world is an apt setting for Drury's story, one that toys with the idea that "time doesn't exist"

Books, Sept. 8, 2006

Readings
The Abortionist's Daughter
Political controversy aside, this is a mystery that works, one whose turns are neither obvious nor illogical

Books, July 14, 2006

Readings
Conversations With Mr. Prain
Dubbed an "erotic mystery," Conversations With Mr. Prain is neither erotic nor mysterious

Books, June 16, 2006

Readings
The Possibility of an Island
Anthony Trollope remarked that a satirist did best to write little, "or it will seem that his satire springs rather from his own caustic nature than from the sins of the world in which he lives." Well ...

Books, June 2, 2006

Rock & Roll Books
Book of Longing
Summer reading

Music, June 2, 2006

Readings
Branwell: A Novel of the Brontë Brother
Branwell is a novel describing not so much the arc of Branwell's character as his steady decline

Books, March 24, 2006

Readings
Here They Come
Yannick Murphy's Here They Come is, as its main character might say, a fuck of a book

Books, March 17, 2006

Reel Shorts 1
Interviews and reviews

Screens, March 17, 2006

SXSW Film
Inner Circle Line
Interviews and reviews

Screens, March 17, 2006

Readings
The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre
In his debut novel, Dominic Smith describes Daguerre spending a year using a camera obscura to paint an exact replica of the view from his terrace

Books, March 10, 2006

Readings
The Night Journal
Though the structure of Elizabeth Crook's The Night Journal could be labeled with lit-crit buzzwords like 'mise en abyme' and metafiction, the best descriptor available for it is the slightly awkward 'story-within-a-story'

Books, Feb. 3, 2006

In Space
In Space
Playing favorites

Screens, Jan. 20, 2006

Gift Guide
The Believer Book of Writers Talking to Writers

Books, Dec. 23, 2005

Color and Brightness
Memories of My Melancholy Whores
Gift guide

Books, Dec. 16, 2005

Curling Up
Lucian Freud: 1996-2005
Gift guide

Books, Dec. 9, 2005

DVD Watch
Knowing Me Knowing You
The 'Knowing Me Knowing You' two-disc set comprises all six episodes of the show, one of the most hilarious satirical comedies in recent memory. and is loaded with special features

Screens, Dec. 2, 2005

Readings
Veronica
Gaitskill's facility with the written word mostly compensates for the messiness of the novel's plot

Books, Nov. 11, 2005

Readings
Tiny Ladies in Shiny Pants
Jill Soloway takes no pains to appear politically correct or ponderously deep in talking about her life, which can be very refreshing. She makes it clear that she doesn't take herself terribly seriously, but at times she laughs at herself a bit too hard.

Books, Sept. 2, 2005

Readings
The Road to Esmeralda
'The Road to Esmeralda' is, in some basic senses, a political thriller. However, it's also the story of mind-blowingly pretentious, self-indulgently self-loathing, overprivileged, and underclever yuppies.

Books, June 24, 2005

Summer Reading
The People of Paper
Rarely does a novel succeed in strengthening itself through its own dismantling

Books, May 27, 2005

In Person
In Person
Barry Glassner on fear in the media and how to hide a pony

Books, April 8, 2005

Giving It All Away
SXSW might be over and done with, but our coverage isn't quite yet: reviews and photos

Screens, March 25, 2005

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