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Jeanne Benameur - Profanes

Profanes (Actes Sud, 2013) by Jeanne Benameur is a story about long-standing grief, and how it transforms a person, transforms a life. The book involves one very important grief situation and then around that is clustered a raft of smaller ones. 1,090 more words

Book Review

Alphonse Allais Day

My good friends at Black Scat Books are releasing Selected Plays of Alphonse Allais, translated from the French by Doug Skinner.

This long awaited collection of rare theatrical texts includes original translations— 95 more words


LA PESTE (THE PLAGUE), by Albert Camus

I wonder if it is important at all that I am writing this review something like two months after reading the book, instead of two or three days as I normally do: the reason is that I have been on holidays, which in turn begs the question of whether I regard this blog as a kind of job, which is not necessarily true although I must admit that like many people who have blogs sometimes I go through periods of certain apathy during which you don’t give a…I mean, you do not consider your intellectual activity as important as you used to, which is in turn closely related to matters of self-perception and ego: in short, that all intellectuals are mere egocentrics. 958 more words

Modern Literature

Marcel Proust, "Remembrance of Things Past" (The famous passage of the madeleines...)

“Many years had elapsed during which nothing of Combray, save what was comprised in the theatre and the drama of my going to bed there, had any existence for me, when one day in winter, on my return home, my mother, seeing that I was cold, offered me some tea, a thing I did not ordinarily take. 1,494 more words


Review: Nadja by André Breton

Urgh. Nadja by André Breton is the worst book I’ve read for fucking ages. Dull, poorly structured, self-important and smug, it is not the biography of a troubled young woman that it claims to be (and I don’t just mean by virtue of its title), being instead the masturbatory ramblings of someone clearly more than a little bit of an earnest, pretentious dick. 293 more words

Book Review

Desnos R. - No, love is not dead

Robert DESNOS (1900 – 1945)
French poet

Non, l’amour n’est pas mort en ce coeur et ces yeux et cette bouche qui proclamait ses funérailles commencées. 649 more words


Top 10 Grapfic Novels That ShouldBe Made Into Films

Over at the YouTube Channel “Screenjunkies” there was a lively discussion about film adaptations, regarding a panel discussion of what were the most and least well made adaptations of comic genre and, its close companion, the Graphic novel*. 3,130 more words