Author Archives: Brandon Cook

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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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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8 Generic Blog Post Ideas That (Usually) Work

8 Generic Blog Post Ideas That (Usually) Work.

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George Bernard Shaw’s “Love Among The Artists”

Several months ago, my friend and I visited a local used bookstore. Among the gems that I collected were a short story collection by Aleister Crowley (a superstitious sort, I have not and do not intend to open the pages … Continue reading

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Umberto Eco’s “The Name Of The Rose”

 “Tis but thy name that is my enemy…/What’s in a name?”  There’s a fairly good chance that for the majority of us, these lines have been read, essayed about, or playacted at least once, provided we read our required Shakespeare … Continue reading

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