Tag: David Mitchell
Living Hells: George Saunders, Octavia Butler, and the Quest for a Moral Fiction
George Saunders’ first novel, “Lincoln in the Bardo,” follows in the footsteps of “Kindred” and “Cloud Atlas” in attempting to create a new kind of hell for the secular world—and in the process, it shows how fiction can still make a difference in Donald Trump’s America.
The Back Pages: Tom Tykwer and The Wachowskis’ “Cloud Atlas”
The 2012 film adaptation of David Mitchell’s grand story has its share of flaws, but it exceeds Mitchell’s work in the novel’s grandest ambition: being a moral work of art.
The Human-Interest Cure: Because Great Olympic Athletes Don’t Always Make for Great Stories
Olympic telecasts go heavy on human-interest content, but not every human being is interesting—and many, in fact, are dull (and many of those have a monomaniacal devotion to sport). So let’s put away our thirst for meaning and medals for a moment and just enjoy some lives well lived.
The Gears of Reincarnation: On David Mitchell’s “Slade House”
The celebrated British novelist returns with his followup to 2014’s “The Bone Clocks.”