“Inherent Vice” is a film that you will want to watch more than once, and you might want to smoke up before you watch it. That’s cool, man.Read more "Oscars 2015: Inherent Vice"
He is a master craftsman who writes shimmering prose, but his protagonists are the sorts that you would probably wish to avoid in real life: self-obsessed, self-deluded, duplicitous and amoral men with shameful secrets to hide.Read more "Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’d Give To Readers Who Have Never Read John Banville"
Years ago he signed my copy of Mefisto, and I see his distinctive handwriting hasn’t changed. Are there any graphologists out there who would care to decipher his personality from his elegant copperplate?Read more "Banville in the Borders"
Big Ears sat on a chair outside his toadstool, slumped and exhausted like an enormous, docile creature, a mastodon, say, after its rut, baffled at itself. Noddy looked at his friend, at the frothy beard and russet cheeks and drinker’s nose. He looked for all the world like a portrait by a minor Dutch painterRead more "Baffled in Toyland: A Noddy Adventure, as told by John Banville"