Monthly Archives: November 2014

The Mysteries of Michael Chabon’s First Novel…

Chabon’s The Mysteries of Pittsburgh has been lavished with praise – the mystery is…Why…? As anyone familiar with the literary scene (at least any literary scene not composed solely of adults who read nothing but YA literature or some other … Continue reading

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Love, Art, Mystery: Lawrence Durrell’s Justine…

Durrell raises a question we are most afraid to answer: whether, as his character Clea asserts, “Lovers are never equally matched….” Is that, he asks, the source of the pain so many experience in love…? We come now to another … Continue reading

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The Elvis “Coverup”: Nothing to See Here, Move Along…

If the excerpt from the new Elvis biography is an indication of the entire work, readers will learn exactly –  nothing new… I had a professor who once described sound academic writing as learning to “articulate the obvious.” This in … Continue reading

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Pride and Prejudice: The Romance Novel as Literature…

Amid current discussions of how genre fiction and literature are merging in the 21st century, Pride and Prejudice is a reminder that the genre of romance merged with literature a long, long time ago… As I have noted before, my custom … Continue reading

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Murdering Culture, One Hipster Delusion at a Time…

Hipsters being savaged by a former hipster seems – oh, I don’t know, about right…? No one who is a thinking person doubts that our culture is in trouble. Whatever forces have taken us down a road where knowledge of … Continue reading

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Karl Ove Knausgaard, Thomas Wolfe, Marcel Proust…Life is – How We Write It…?

While some authors have chosen to follow a literary path called transrealism, Knausgaard has chosen a path one might call hyperrealism. The question always rises rises, however: is there nothing new under the sun…? A little more than a week … Continue reading

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Louis Hemon’s Maria Chapdelaine: Il se souvient

Like other classics of of what might be called pioneer literature, Louis Hémon’s classic of Quebecois literature Maria Chapdelaine conveys the love of a people for the land in a way that is beautifully simple and simply beautiful. Maria Chapdelaine … Continue reading

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