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The autograph man

Note: Every Friday, The A.V. Club, my favorite pop cultural site on the Internet, throws out a question to its staff members for discussion, and I’ve decided that I want to join in on the fun. 935 more words


Gravity's word processor

In this week’s issue of the New York Review of Books, the literary critic Edward Mendelson outs himself as yet another fan of old-school word processors, in this case WordPerfect, which he describes as “the instrument best suited to the way I think when I write.” He goes on to draw a contrast between his favored program, “a mediocrity that’s almost always right,” and Microsoft Word, “a work of genius that’s almost always wrong as an instrument for writing prose,” with its commitment to a platonic ideal of sections and styles that make it all the harder for writers to format a single page. 776 more words


Friday Philosophy...Banshee

Halloween is nearly upon us! So, today’s topic is the banshee. What is it, really?

The banshee comes from the Irish. It’s a female spirit, that is thought to be a sign of death. 134 more words

New Normal

Review: Will Starling, by Ian Weir (2014)

There’s something about the idea of surgery that captures our imaginations. The idea of a person who holds a literal knife’s edge between life and death for a helpless mortal, who’s either tied down or unconscious on a slab? 841 more words


Lament for the Detritus of Lives

Evidence of Existence in The Crying of Lot 49

In The Crying of Lot 49, Thomas Pynchon paints a world in which we imbue the things around us with pieces of ourselves, making them evidence of our existence. 1,826 more words


Review: The Sugar Frosted Nutsack, by Mark Leyner (2012)

“Even those who consider all this total bullshit have to concede that it’s upscale, artisanal bullshit of the highest order.”

About a year ago, I thought that it might be difficult to summarize the plot of Thomas Pynchon’s latest novel, … 1,212 more words