Wound down and winding up

By John Updike, Bech at Bay. (Knopf, 241 pp.)

The Island, by David Borofka

By David Borofka, The Island. (MacMurray & Back, 191 pp.)

Mayhem, by Sissela Bok

By Sissela Bok, Mayhem: Violence as Public Entertainment. (Addison Wesley Longman, 194 pp.)

Encountering the texts

By Herman L. Sinaiko, Reclaiming the Canon: Essays on Philosophy, Poetry, and History. (Yale University Press, 338 pp.)