Monthly Archives: July 2014

A Hortatory HEADACHE

Any honest assiduous reader must confess that looking too closely and too long at the object (s) of one’s desire can altogether cancel any beneficiary effect. [Please see previous post]. Tonight I wanted to give Thoreau and his self-righteous certitude … Continue reading

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Reading and Thinking – Consequent Amazements

I have currently undertaken two superficially antithetical parallel reading pursuits: re-savoring Thoreau’s WALDEN and re-assaulting the difficult, luminous, thorny works of William Gass (once my mentor at a writers conference). I suppose one is the antidote to the other and … Continue reading

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“I will drink life to the lees” – Tennyson’s “Ulysses”

Poor Tennyson, like so many of the Victorians today, he can come across as pompous, grandiose, even corny.  Or, worse, quaint. That is our loss, I think, and a result of our own myopia and a contraction of our brains … Continue reading

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Is Digital Reading Eroding Our Ability to Think and Reason?

“READING IS A BRIDGE TO THOUGHT” –  close reading, that is…. This is a very interesting article from the New Yorker that validates an intuition and suspicion I’ve had for a while, and it’s something that’s been needling me for … Continue reading

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Word Crimes – “The Movie” Cute, Clever!

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Perilous Times for Books and Those Who Love Them

Publishers, authors and readers who have any sense need to turn around, tell Amazon to take a hike, and figure out what really makes sense. This doesn’t as presently configured. FEED THE BEAST (OR ELSE) New York Times, July 13, … Continue reading

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Into the Silver Dawn -“All in green went my love riding” – e.e. cummings

  I’m on a poetry trip here lately, and not that I go looking for trouble, or even that I am actually reading poetry (that’s a trap and routine buster for me, to tell the truth, everything inconsequential – not … Continue reading

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“And whence they come and wither they shall go/the dew upon their feet shall manifest” – Wallace Stevens’ “Sunday Morning”

[ I referred/alluded to this essential Stevens poem, a poem that is really key to understanding the rest of his work, in my previous post. I felt I should post it here for your convenience and reference. I believe I … Continue reading

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“The only emperor is the emperor of ice-cream.” – Wallace Stevens

Though he’s been gone for years, Stevens seems more contemporary and “with it” with every passing year.  That’s the mark of a great poet, IMHO, whose work is bound to endure because it is essentially timeless. Ever since he began … Continue reading

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Review: Twilight’s Indian Princess – Margaret Jean Langstaff

Originally posted on onlybooksandhorses:
I received this book as part of Rosie Amber‘s Book Review Team. Twilight’s Indian Princess: Book 1 – Margaret Jean Langstaff – 4 stars Okay, what just happened? This is forty pages of pure psychological weirdness.…

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Mouthing Off – Some of my brief recent reviews of worthy new books posted elsewhere

For the heck of it, and because I love spreading good news or putting in a good word about books and movies new and wonderful, it occurred to me that I might re-post some of my on the fly mini-reviews … Continue reading

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Like running on a tight-rope – Elizabeth Gilbert on Writing

[This is a shorty and to the point, interesting and worth considering. Elizabeth Gilbert is an accomplished writer, and offers here some controversial, though perhaps helpful, observations about writing while describing her own way of going at it. Confession: the … Continue reading

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On a Darkling Plain – “Dover Beach” by Matthew Arnold

I stumbled on this wonderful old poem today and was wracked  once more by its beauty – in structure, meter, image, theme, everything in the poetics toolkit-so masterfully melded, pulled together, so plaintively and  profoundly phrased,no wonder that it’s a … Continue reading

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Banville on Banville – A Great Contemporary Novelist Speaks Frankly

One of my favorite novelists interviewed by the PARIS REVIEW From THE PARIS REVIEW John Banville, The Art of Fiction No. 200 Paris Review Interview with British novelist John Banville EXCERPT Interviewed by Belinda McKeon When I first arrived at … Continue reading

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Writers & Reviews

Though many author friends of mine claim they “never look at reviews” of their books, assuming the transparently fake pose of pretending utter indifference and total superiority to what the mass of the reading public may actually think of their … Continue reading

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“I Hear America Singing” – Walt Whitman

[Actually what I’m hearing right now is America ka-powing, bombing! The good ole boys around here love their fireworks and beer. It’s a little like Beruit under siege. Hope the horses don’t run through the fences. Six dogs in my … Continue reading

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