Posts tagged “3:AM magazine”
October 19, 2011"Reading Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in All the Confusion? is an exhausting and pleasantly draining experience. Not only because of the melancholia of an extremely intricate, compelling and delicately balanced portrait of a depressed individual, who doesn’t feel he fits in with the competitive values of his society. But also because the novel itself kind of unzips the appealing (but hopeless in our society) logic of being a 'cog in a system' rather than a 'star.'"
May 18, 2011Nelson Algren was very much like John Steinbeck. Both were from families of modest means, both came across the harsh realities of their fellow human beings and those who had missed out on the American dream. But where Steinbeck wrote of migrant workers with a poetic optimism, Algren wrote of urban dwellers with a naturalistic pen. Like Stephen Crane’s Maggie, Algren’s Francis Majcinek is the victim of forces he cannot control, and is resigned to a tragic fate.