‘Huck Finn’s America’ by Andrew Levy

By Parul Sehgal, The New York Times, Feb. 4, 2015 The famous preface to “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” reads like a goad: “Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it willContinue reading “‘Huck Finn’s America’ by Andrew Levy”

‘The Sexual Night’ by Pascal Quignard

By Parul Sehgal, The New York Times Book Review, December 5, 2014 There is some unpardonably bad sex writing, most of it unprintable here (and, in a just world, anywhere). We must contend with “uterine” as a favorite adjective. We must contend with a tender, anxious regard for virility and the concomitant dread of theContinue reading “‘The Sexual Night’ by Pascal Quignard”

A Year in Reading

By Parul Sehgal, The Millions, Dec. 17, 2013 The plan was to have an orderly Year in Reading. To finally fill the gaps, dammit, to scale The Magic Mountain and read Hollinghurst properly instead of flipping around for the filthy bits. To read sitting up for a change — like a human adult — rather than burrowingContinue reading “A Year in Reading”

Scott McLemee on Balakian Winner Parul Sehgal

(From Critical Mass, the blog of the National Book Critics Circle) by Scott McLemee | Mar-15-2011 Balakian award winner Scott McLemee, for three years chair of the Balakian committee, welcomes the newest Balakian honoree, Parul Sehgal: Next month marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Nona Balakian, the founding member of the National Book Critics CircleContinue reading “Scott McLemee on Balakian Winner Parul Sehgal”