Scott Esposito

SF Station Writer

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Dissecting the Presidency
By Scott Esposito (May 26, 2006)
Debuting at number 11 on [b]The New York Times[/b] bestseller list on June 11th, [b]How Would A Patriot Act[/b] was an internet-made bestseller. It had to be this way; with no mainstream press coverage and a tiny marketing budget, viral internet marketing was [b]HWAPA?[/b]'s only hope for breaking out of the pack. The book details Bush's abuses of power, but since we aren't exactly starved for anti-Bush books these days, how was it that this anti-Bush book became the one so many are now reading? More »
Swimming Through the Omniverse
By Scott Esposito (Mar 13, 2006)
In Sesshu Foster's explosive new novel [b]Atomik Aztex[/b], we get two narratives for the price of one. In the first (or maybe it's the second, part of the delight of Foster's book is that it's impossible to tell), the Aztecs not only beat back the Spanish conquistadors, but then went so far as to colonize Europe itself (using Nazi aggression in World War II as a rationale). In this narrative, we follow the first person adventures of Zenzontli, a Schwarzeneggeresque Aztec commando, as he kicks some ass at Stalingrad. More »
Impressionists vs. the Academie
By Scott Esposito (Feb 24, 2006)
Historian and critic Ross King first tacked the Renaissance with [b]Brunelleschi's Dome[/b] in 2001 and then again with [b]Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling[/b] in 2003. These books, both of which ended up on the [b]New York Times[/b] bestseller list, were character-driven accounts of momentous artistic works and periods. King once again delves into art history in his newest book, [b]The Judgment of Paris[/b], but instead of sticking with the Renaissance he strays a few hundred years and a few thousand miles to 19th-century France and has a look at the budding of French Impressionism. More »
Ten Essays About the Same Thing
By Scott Esposito (Nov 23, 2005)
Although David Foster Wallace has been lauded as one of the greatest fiction writers of his generation, the most interesting character he has ever created may in fact be himself. To be sure, his voluminous fiction -- which includes the 1079-page masterpiece [i]Infinite Jest[/i] and scores of stories and novellas -- features many compelling individuals. However, Wallace is also a prolific essay writer, and his essays are indelibly stamped with his presence. When reading Wallace's essays, the main character is always: Wallace. More »
Being a Main Character
By Scott Esposito (Aug 30, 2005)
As a novelist, J.M. Coetzee has always been preoccupied with ideas, and in his best novels he has invented situations that work equally well as plot points and as a debate of those ideas. When Coetzee is on his game, his philosophical debates are so seamlessly entwined with the plot and dialog that his books read like tight, potent narratives. More »
An Engrossing Read and Heartfelt Novel
By Scott Esposito (Jun 20, 2005)
Kazuo Ishiguro has built his career out of books ([i]The Remains of the Day[/i], [i]A Pale View of the Hills[/i]) with strange plots and equally strange characters. In the words of one critic, he has "mapped an aesthetic territory all his own," but despite his challenging novels and stylistic risks, Ishiguro has managed to win a wide readership that most novelists can only admire. More »
Difficult Loves: First Novel Heavy on Sorrow and Scandal
By Scott Esposito (Dec 20, 2005)
The focus of 'The Last Song of Dusk', Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi's accomplished but uneven first novel, is love. Set in turn-of-the-century India, the book makes a very pragmatic and very severe appraisal of a force that can bring meaning to life yet also great pain. It ponders how love is produced, what it is for, and what is to be done when it alone is not enough. And most important of all it asks: is the best that love can bring worth the worst it will inflict? More »
By Scott Esposito (Nov 31, 2004)
1. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace At a time when every new book is billed as profound, earth-shattering, magical, and uproarious, Infinite Jest actually is. It's the rare book that actually lives up to its extraordinarily hyperbolic marketing hype. More »
Curtis White's The Middle Mind
By Scott Esposito (Jun 01, 2004)
America has fallen into a creative rut so pervasive we hardly even notice its existence. This is the thesis of Curtis White's The Middle Mind, a sprawling, book-length tirade on our contemporary cultural myopia that savages both the left and right. More »
A renegade employee slashed hundreds of gay-themed books in San Francisco's main library. Now those books are art.
By Scott Esposito (Feb 15, 2004)
Odd are the historical twists of fate. When the new main San Francisco Public Library first opened, it drew the ire of booklovers for discarding 150,000 perfectly readable books because it "had no room." Eight years later, the library is not only keeping hundreds of mangled books but has transformed them into works of art. More »
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