• Bullshittism - The Cultural Philosophy of Today
    On Culture

    Metamodernism: In Search of the Cultural Philosophy of Today

    Some call it post-postmodernism, some post-post-postmodernism, others metamodernism, but let’s call it bullshittism. We’re living in the era teeming with fake Twitter accounts; fake motivational quotes; fake news exciting outrage and indignation on both sides of the aisle and away from it; fake social-media influencers caught eating the things they feverishly profess to disapprove of; and fake, photoshopped celebrity photos pushing young and gullible people into the mostly one-way vortex of depression and self-doubt...

  • Jean Rhys - Good Morning, Midnight (Review)
    Book Reviews,  Classics revisited

    The Only Real Book about Paris (Review)

    Rhys, in her stream-of-consciousness narrative, perfectly captures the pains of a troubled soul, haunted by her past, by the pervading feeling of loss of love, of home, and of bygone youth. She is Henry Miller à rebours, offering us a rare glimpse of 30’s Paris—the city of vivid lights and resounding laughs—from a different perspective of a succession of shabby hotel rooms where the sounds of music and fun come muffled and watered down...

  • The Chamber Review
    Book Reviews,  Underrated

    John Grisham’s Chamber Days (Review)

    The Chamber certainly isn’t one of John Grisham’s most recognizable titles; it also isn’t one of the books that are most beloved by his audience; it’s not even a Grisham’s Grisham or anything of the kind. And that is precisely why I have picked it for the opening review on this website. It was an unlikely choice given the fact that John Grisham is hardly an author who needs an introduction, or who is in desperate need of yet another review, and especially of one of his ostensibly lesser works. But so much the better—always expect the unexpected...

  • Fight Your Inner Hemingway
    On Books

    Fight Your Inner Hemingway

    The main themes of Hemingway’s fiction like big-game hunting, big-fish chasing, and big-time bullfighting seem to have gone out of vogue, just like hourglass egg timers, crank-handle starters, and floppy disks. Similarly, the feverish excitement that used to accompany the publication of his works has become the patina-stained thing of the past—at least since the advent of the National Geographic Channel...

  • Misc

    Pen to Paper Manifesto

    Some claim that literature is an endangered species; some argue that books have overstayed their papery welcome; some prophesy that social media and a slew of various blinking and buzzing devices will eventually take over people’s attention and deprive authors of their potential, if not essential, audience—at Pen to Paper, it is our mission to make sure it does not happen...