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My A-Z of Reading: R is for Realism

The ability to superficially capture an exact and accurate image – a photograph, a film, a recording of any kind – seems to have created the idea that ‘realism’ is a thing, a ‘reality’ as it were, and one that is important, if not paramount, in many aspects of our culture. 553 more words

Rambling About Reading

If James Joyce did it...You can do better

Ah, the editing process. That time when you begin to have serious concerns that you have been living under the egotistical delusion that you can write. 199 more words


ON THIS DAY: December 6, 2016

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Art and identity

In a previous post, I criticized Tolstoy’s What is Art? for putting forth an impoverished view of art, impoverished because it forbids any kind of quasi-private communicative role for art. 677 more words

Philosophical Reflections

Whether James Joyce or E.L. James, all novels contain one of just six possible plots

There may once have been cachet in plowing through Ulysses, War and Peace or Kafka’s Metamorphosis. But according to one study, readers of highbrow literature have no greater cause to boast about reading James Joyce than E. 140 more words


James Joyce

You made me confess the fears that I have. But I will tell you also what I do not fear. I do not fear to be alone or to be spurned for another or to leave whatever I have to leave. 42 more words


Irish Literature

Ireland of course has a long and rich history of mythology, fairy tales, and folklore. That is the best place to start with Irish literature. Some of the earliest texts referring to St. 1,192 more words

World Lit