Monthly Archives: May 2017

Thirteen Reasons Why. Jay Asher.

Asher, Jay. Thirteen Reasons Why. Razorbill (Penguin), New York, 2007. F;5/17. I was (honest) about a third of the way into this, highly recommended on Kirkus, before I realized it is “young adult” (read teenage) fiction. So accessible! I kept … Continue reading

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Laltrobaffo, Otranto (Italy).

May 2017. This appears from the street to be a more class-act-than-most little trattoria in the old town of this small Puglia city. It has glassed-in porch seating and sits on a narrow medieval cobblestone street adjacent to some sort of ecclesiastical building. The … Continue reading

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Somebody With a Little Hammer. Mary Gaitskill.

Gaitskill, Mary. Somebody With a Little Hammer. Pantheon, New York, 2017. F;5/17. I was disappointed by Gaitskill’s novel Veronica which opened with dazzling verbal coloratura but then lapsed into a sick, sad dirge. But now with a bit wider sample … Continue reading

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A Coffin for Dimitrios. Eric Ambler.

Ambler, Eric. A Coffin for Dimitrios. Vintage Crime, New York, 1939. F; 7/17. This author was identified by a reviewer in The New Criterion as one of the late great mystery writers. Suspense said the reviewer was Ambler’s stock in … Continue reading

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Felice a Testaccio, Rome.

May 2017. This was a lovely dinner in a restaurant apparently frequented primarily by locals in a straightforward Roman residential neighbourhood. It’s a slightly complex room with maybe two dozen tables, slowly filling between 730 and 9 with the sensible … Continue reading

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Trattoria Sora Lella, Rome.

Trattoria Sora Lella, Rome. May 2017. Staying in this astounding city for a few days in the ancient Jewish ghetto (now a trendy neighbourhood of little bars and restaurants) of Trastevere, we were looking for a change from the uneven … Continue reading

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