Walter Benjamin: A Critical Life
Harvard University Press
Blurb:“Here, for the first time, is a thorough, reliable, non-tendentious, and fully developed account of Benjamin’s life and the sources of his work. This is by far the best biography of Benjamin that has yet appeared” (Peter Fenves, Northwestern University).
On Such a Full Sea
From Riverhead: "In a future, long-declining America, society is strictly stratified by class. Long-abandoned urban neighborhoods have been repurposed as highwalled, self-contained labor colonies. And the members of the labor class—descendants of those brought over en masse many years earlier from environmentally ruined provincial China—find purpose and identity in their work to provide pristine produce and fish to the small, elite, satellite charter villages that ring the labor settlement."
Brutus at Julius Caesar 4.3:
There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat,
And we must take the current when it serves
Or lose our ventures.
What We've Lost Is Nothing: A Novel
21 January 2014
From the novel:
A garden-variety home invasion wouldn’t have boosted Mary’s social capital, but one element of the story had spread through the halls before the ﬁrst bell even rang. During the burglary Mary Elizabeth had been home.
She ﬁelded a ﬂurry of questions between classes.
Mary, were you scared?
Did you see them?
Did you hear them break the door down?
Where were you when they came in?
Dining room. Under the table.
Wasn’t it, like, during school? Didn’t you cut class?