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The Italian Pleasures of Gabriele Paterkallos

Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir by Frances Mayes

Pietros Maneos | Posted 08.28.2014 | Books
Pietros Maneos

I must also confess that my adoration of a figure like Mayes partly stems from my distaste for the trends and sensibilities unfolding in American Literature where minimalism, cynicism and realism reign supreme.

An American Arcadia - Wilkes County, North Carolina: A Riposte to Katherine Faw Morris

Pietros Maneos | Posted 08.09.2014 | Travel
Pietros Maneos

After researching various avant-garde agrarian adventures such as black truffle cultivation and saffron, I chanced upon a property with an existing black truffle orchard in the tiny town of Moravian Falls, which is located in Wilkes County.

The Wanderess by Roman Payne: A Book Review by Pietros Maneos

Pietros Maneos | Posted 01.25.2014 | Books
Pietros Maneos

I would not characterize Payne's work as 'The Great American Novel' in the mold of Roth, DeLillo, or McCarthy, but rather as 'The Great European Novel' descended from say Cervantes or Boccaccio.

Against Michiko Kakutani: A Defense of Mark Helprin

Pietros Maneos | Posted 12.08.2012 | Books
Pietros Maneos

To me, Michiko Kakutani's latest review is emblematic of the ongoing cultural war between those adhering to the tenets of modernity: irony, cynicism, minimalism; and those who obstinately refuse to bow before these pestiferous ideals, those who honor beauty, truth and emotion. Kakutani obviously falls into the former.