Tag Archives: Literature

rhyme being no necessary adjunct or true ornament

One of the problems with turning more time and attention towards prose fiction writing is that it leaves even less time and attention for the more instant gratification of blogging. Anyway, I wrapped up volume three of In Search of … Continue reading

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Thinking of divers things fore-known

I’m not quite sure how to get this blog back into a place of normality again. Assuming, of course, that I can arrive at an understanding of what “normal” is supposed to look like here, where there has been no … Continue reading

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Raised in the jungle by wolfes

I forgot to make note of it on here, but Gene Wolfe died recently. Needless to say, he was one of a handful of fiction writers who had an absolutely essential impact on me. He also helped design the machine … 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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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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Reading things

I noticed recently that I had unconsciously allowed my reading habits to slip, relegating books to subway commutes and the bedside. This had to change. Here’s a quick overview of the notables I’ve picked up since.

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Oh hey, this book is about as old as I am

As a kid, I read the first volume of Tad Williams’ Otherland series, and have memories of it being just this massive, epic tome I conquered over a long period of time. I’ve assumed that these memories were, of course, … Continue reading

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Top ten things I read in 2017

As usual, I compile a list of my favourite reads of the year, and as usual most of the entries don’t actually date from the year in question. I’ve decided to exclude graphic novels/comics, as at this point I think … Continue reading

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The last rabbit

Early on in Watership Down, the rabbits happen upon a curious warren. The burrows are large, but there are few rabbits. And those that are there, while large and in good health, seem to have grown docile and reliant upon … Continue reading

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The universal and the particular

Aminatta Forma has an article in the Guardian complaining about the tendency to divy literature up among national/racial lines: I used to be a journalist and I know the limitations of the short form. Journalism does not on the whole … Continue reading

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