Magnificent Mirbeau: Reviews and Interviews

This week some astute souls have aimed a few rays of Intertube at my English translation of Octave Mirbeau’s lost masterpiece In the Sky. If you haven’t heard by now, Mirbeau was a 19th-century French anarchist author whom, if you enjoy Camus, the Coen Brothers, Bukowski, or any other 20th/21st-century purveyor of wry darkness, you must read before you die. Thanks to my publisher Chip Smith, …

Alain Finkielkraut’s Latest Book-That-Will-Probably-Never-Appear-in-English… Excerpts

When I reviewed Alain Finkielkraut’s L’Identité malheureuse for Takimag last year, I used my blog to supplement the article with a collection of translated passages from the book, as I despaired of ever seeing the full work published in English. So this year I’m similarly supporting my Right On! article about La Seule Certitude—Finkielkraut’s latest shot over the bow of uncontrolled and unassimilated …