Monthly Archives: July 2013

How “The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards” Changed Me

Oh my. Today I have finished an incredible piece by the debut author, Kristopher Jansma, and I must say, oh my. At once moving and enrapturing and crushing, The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards is written for us, for writers, and it … Continue reading

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David Mitchell’s “The Jesuits: A History”

“ ‘Religion is the most dangerous thing in the world. It is not little girls in their communion frocks and silly holy pictures and the Children of Mary. It is,’ he said, ‘high explosive, dynamite, the,’ he smiled at the … Continue reading

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Flann O’Brien’s “The Various Lives Of Keats And Chapman (Including ‘The Brother’)”

The relationship between Flann O’Brien (also Brian O’Nolan, also Myles na Gopaleen) to the other canonical Irish writers of the twentieth century: Yeats, Joyce, and Beckett, is a tricky one. For the average reader, that is the reader who was … Continue reading

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An extremely good tidbit of advice from dailywritingtips.com. It’s a good reminder for when the juices don’t quite flow right and the motivation to keep writing becomes syrupy and unreliable. 

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Completely Without Dignity: An Interview with Karl Ove Knausgaard

Completely Without Dignity: An Interview with Karl Ove Knausgaard. Karl Ove Knausgaard in an excellent interview, talking about his life and his “My Struggle” volumes (the first of which was previewed in March)

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All Too Irish: Frank McCourt’s “Angela’s Ashes”

 In 1941, Flann O’Brien published one of Ireland’s great comic masterpieces, “An Béal Bocht,” or “The Poor Mouth,” a reference to an Irish expression: “an béal bocht a chur ort” (“to put on the poor mouth”). The expression is a … Continue reading

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The Chicago Sun-Times Cuts Its Books Pages

well, there goes one more job for the future critic

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