2018-06-25 07:32 books blog

The Strange Case of the Missing Joyce Scholar - The New York Times

Already, the work is nearly twice as plump as Joyce’s “Ulysses.” Kidd was particularly excited to show me his key apparatus — the homemade thesaurus where he keeps a running crosscheck on the entirety of the English language. So far, it runs to some 3,000 pages.

“As much as humanly possible, the 19th-century dictionary of English is in here,” he told me. His translation is titled “Isaura Unbound,” and he wanted me to understand its ambition: When the book is finished, it will be a complete reordering of one entire English dictionary into a single work of art. Take that, void.

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2018-05-16 19:32 books blog

Bret Easton Ellis and the future of fiction – TheTLS

And it’s a terrible way to live as an artist. You see it affecting the arts on a vague, vague but vast scale – where is the taboo? Where is the Other? So what if it’s offensive? Good! Where is this bizarre idea of art created by committee, by a democracy, coming from? Art isn’t created by a democracy! And there seems to be this thing, especially on social media, of group-approved art, that’s chilling.

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2018-03-20 17:45 books blog

The Time I Drank with Borges in a Scottish Pub | Literary Hub

One of several scenes that hang in my dreams occurred in a pub along the coast, near the fishing village of Anstruther. Borges wanted to experience a Scottish pub “in its full glory,” he said. Drinking in Scotland is, indeed, something of a religion, but it’s strictly low church. We stopped at a sawdust-floored, concrete-walled pub in the middle of the village, and I recall leading Borges into a basement room, the walls sweating, the place so dark that even a blind man needed help to get around the large wooden tables.

Borges asked for beer, and I brought him a pint of Export, the flat, warm beer that everyone drank in those days. I can see him bending over the glass, both hands around it. He sniffed the foamy head of the brew, and approved, stirring it with one finger, which he then licked clean. He took a long slow drink and smiled. He wiped the foam from his lips on the sleeve of his jacket. The big blank eyes rolled in his head.

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2018-01-19 22:44 books blog

Jorge Luis Borges: Borges and I – Work in Progress

In any case, I’m destined to be lost, definitively, and just some instant of me will survive in the other. Little by little I cede everything, even though I’m aware of his perverse tendency to falsify and pontificate. Spinoza understood that all things want to be preserved in their being: the stone eternally wants to be a stone and the tiger a tiger. I shall remain in Borges, not in myself (if I am someone), but I recognize myself less in his books than in many others and in the laborious strumming of a guitar.

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2018-01-16 21:38 books blog

Am I a bad feminist? - The Globe and Mail

I'm so scary! And now, it seems, I am conducting a War on Women, like the misogynistic, rape-enabling Bad Feminist that I am.

What would a Good Feminist look like, in the eyes of my accusers?

My fundamental position is that women are human beings, with the full range of saintly and demonic behaviours this entails, including criminal ones. They're not angels, incapable of wrongdoing. If they were, we wouldn't need a legal system.

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2017-12-18 15:45 books

Along the edges were little nibble marks, and the name of the author appeared to have been scorched away.

2017-12-10 15:45 books

Unless I write it down I will forget it. Unless I write it down it will be forgotten. Unless we are written down we forget us.

2017-11-22 18:00 books

The discovery of the buried giant did nothing to reassure Jack’s ancestors.

2017-10-29 18:42 books

The warrior with a dozen arms was waiting for them at the summit, just like in the book.

2017-10-21 16:30 books

The book was a magic tome from the start of time, or the end, depending.

2017-09-27 17:50 books blog

Lucia Joyce - Wikipedia

Joyce started to show signs of mental illness in 1930, a year after she began casually dating the 23-year-old Samuel Beckett, then a junior lecturer in English at the Ecole normale supérieure in Paris. In May 1930, while her parents were in Zurich, she invited Beckett to dinner, hoping "to press him into some kind of declaration."[10] He flatly rejected her, explaining that he was only interested in her father and his writing. In his biography of James Joyce, Gordon Bowker argues that the underlying reasons for the rejection were Beckett's keen awareness of the "strong unfulfilled erotic bond between Lucia and her father" and her need to find "a genius father-substitute", together with "her predilection for unprotected sex."[11]

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2017-07-08 17:00 books

On the night he disappeared they realized the library of rare occult tomes was missing a single book.

2017-04-02 20:09 books blog

XL-Muse creates tunnel of books for shop in China

The shelving reaches to the ceiling in the corridor of the Yangzhou Zhongshuge bookshop and is reflected by the floor below, which is designed to emulate the effect of water.

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2017-02-19 18:00 books

He was handed a book with an infinite number of pages, however he would never be able to save his place.

2016-08-18 00:01 books

The rest of the books were dull gray or brown cloth and leather. This one was crimson, heavy, and impossibly smooth.