Category Archives: fragments of culture

End of an era

Let’s do a movie thing. It’s been a while. Writer-director Whit Stillman is probably the closest thing American cinema has to a Jane Austen, in that his movies tend to be comedies of manners about insular, WASPish social circles with … Continue reading

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Brute beauty

The Windhover, by Gerard Manley Hopkins To Christ our Lord I caught this morning morning’s minion, king- dom of daylight’s dauphin, dapple-dawn-drawn Falcon, in his riding Of the rolling level underneath him steady air, and striding High there, how he … Continue reading

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La filette revolutionaire

The trouble is that it’s already been over a month since I wrapped up my Ulysses re-read; I may need to go back at it again if I want to keep writing about it. This whole thing is threatening to … Continue reading

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usylessly unreadable Blue Book of Eccles (part I of ??!)

  Now for the good stuff. In rereading Ulysses and dipping into Finnegans Wake and Richard Ellmann’s biography of James Joyce, it’s become clear that the man is one of those artists who I have a foundational, yet utterly complicated … Continue reading

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Rabbits

Again, I promised books. But this post has already been delayed, and I want to say something about The Favourite before it becomes a distant memory: although I’m not sure I can honestly say I liked it more than Spider-Verse, … Continue reading

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Sorry guys this is a literary blog now

So I’ve wrapped up Moby-Dick, which is a fine book. Though admittedly I was a tad relieved when the epilogue came and went. I usually like to do a “best books I read this year” kind of list around new … Continue reading

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Other reading notes

Just some quick thoughts on other things I’ve been reading.

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All hollowed out

I’ve been having some pretty brutal struggles with insomnia these past few months. It’s a double-edged knife, really: the hours of being too tired to do anything yet still unable to sleep has helped to reawaken a love of jazz … Continue reading

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Dune

David Lynch’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel Dune is also the most Josh movie ev-actually I think I’ve used up that clickbait lead. But suffice it to say, as both a fan of bad space opera movies and … Continue reading

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Oh no he’s writing about Malick again

Days of Heaven is also the most Josh movie ever made.

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