Michael Mewshaw


Goyen, Goyen, Gone.

East Texas author William Goyen was more at home in the Fifties.

Oh Dad, Poor Dad

Donald Barthelme wrote a novel about you and it’s so bad.

Oh, What a Lovely War Book

World War II the way it really was.

Moving On

Larry McMurtry brings his Texas odyssey to an end.

A Sporting Chance

Can college athletics survive? Can short stories?

Crooked Shooters

Does crime pay?

Tortuga’s Complaint

Peter Matthiessen writes of men pursuing a dying profession and Philip Roth pursues his critics.

The Hungry I

Frederick Exley shows how to get too much of a good thing.

White Man’s Burden

Exploring the heavy price of Empire.

Family Affairs

Coupling takes many forms, as John Updike and Shelby Hearon can tell you.

Waltz Across Texas, March Into Zion

Two books on why you can’t go home again.

Old Dogs, Old Tricks

Two well-known authors prove that knowing the subject matter doesn’t necessarily guarantee a good book.