What a Punderful Word: On Joanna Walsh’s “Worlds from the Word’s End”

For LARB, I reviewed Joanna Walsh’s short story collection Worlds from the Word’s End (And Other Stories, 2017). This review follows up on some literary theoretical research I had done on puns, as they are taken up by poets like Harryette Mullen. This review particularly attends to the way that Walsh uses the pun as a form of thought to create inventive and surprising connections that would not be knowable otherwise. Read it here: https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/what-a-punderful-word-on-joanna-walshs-worlds-from-the-words-end/

Foreign Companion: Jean Giono’s “Melville: A Novel”

For LARB, I reviewed Jean Giono’s Melville: A Novel (NYRB Classics, 2017). This review thinks through the fictionalization of Herman Melville’s biography and its resonances with the French context of Giono’s own writing. Read more here: https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/foreign-companion-jean-gionos-melville-a-novel/