John M. Rist’s Real Ethics

BY CASEY PRATT, Guest Blogger If you’re interested in Truth, Justice, and Goodness, and weary of postmodernism’s apparent too-easy dismissal of all three, check out John M. Rist’s Real Ethics, published in 2002 by Cambridge. Rist starts by recounting some passages from Plato’s Republic in which Socrates presents Thrasymachus and Glaucon (and anybody else listening) … Continue reading John M. Rist’s Real Ethics

Victor Pelevin’s The Helmet of Horror

BY CASEY PRATT In 1993, at the age of 31, Victor Pelevin won the “Little Booker” Prize for short fiction for his volume of stories, The Blue Lantern.  By 1994, his work was widely available in translation.  In 1996, the New York Times first reviewed his novel, Omon Ra, a story that reinvigorates the Russian … Continue reading Victor Pelevin’s The Helmet of Horror

Gabriel García Márquez’s Memories of My Melancholy Whores

BY CASEY PRATT Fiction inevitably investigates some aspect of human psychology, but the best fiction – the fiction that rings true – presents us with images as the only tools for understanding human action and impulse. For example, how are we to account for the insensible desire of a ninety-year old man for a fourteen … Continue reading Gabriel García Márquez’s Memories of My Melancholy Whores