Monthly Archives: April 2013

“Just mix up a mixture of theolologicophilolological” — Stephen Dedalus on Shakespeare

Originally posted on Biblioklept:
From Stephen Dedalus’s strange thesis on Shakespeare in episode 9 of James Joyce’s Ulysses– — And the sense of property, Stephen said. He drew Shylock out of his own long pocket. The son of a maltjobber and…

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Charles Dickens’s “Hard Times”

“Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out nothing else. You can only form the minds of reasoning animals upon Facts: nothing else will ever be of any service to them” (9).  So reads the opening … Continue reading

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Jane Austen’s “Northanger Abbey”

Usually, when we talk about Jane Austen, the words ‘gothic’ or ‘horror,’ do not enter into our vocabulary. Austen’s world is one that is populated by balls and the delightfully ignorant ladies and charmingly incorrigible gentlemen who go to them. … Continue reading

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Matthew Lewis’s “The Monk”

“At this writing,” Stephen King said of “The Monk,” “the book is over two hundred years old and still explosive.”  Explosive in the terms of lurid and grotesque content, certainly. Matthew Lewis’s first novel, published in 1796 when its author … Continue reading

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Honore de Balzac’s “Seraphita”

Where does one even begin when diving into one of the 19th century’s greatest literary composers? Honore de Balzac, with his prestigious name and astounding literary oeuvre, certainly does not make the task easy: that being said, simply choosing a … Continue reading

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Dylan Thomas’s “Under Milk Wood”

There is certainly something to be said for Celtic lexical ingenuity. Where else but in the works of Joyce or Beckett or (even) O’Brien could one find page after riveting page of the day-to-day minutia, such as waiting, or buying … Continue reading

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Nathanael West’s “A Cool Million”

I am no optimist. I hold no delusions for the bounty that supposedly will become my future. But it’s hard to read something like A Cool Million and not feel a piece thy realistic self crumble and disintegrate, fall to … Continue reading

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“What a frightening thing is the human, a mass of gauges and dials and registers, and we can only read a few and those perhaps not accurately.” ― John Steinbeck

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Why Society Hates Its Writers

About a month ago, someone posed to me that age-old question about why our society loves to glorify its athletes, celebrities, and businesspeople while its intellectuals: particularly its writers and artists scrape a living off of periodicals and food stamps. … Continue reading

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