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A Study Guide; James Joyce, Dubliners

Next week, we’re studying Dubliners at university, and so this post is going to be a bit different. This is my first of what will hopefully be many study guides. 2,256 more words



“Come forth Lazarus! And he came fifth and lost the job.”

from James Joyce’s Ulysses.

Great! I was right: a great writer is oftenly inclined to puns. 11 more words



“But real adventures, I reflected, do not happen to people who remain at home…”

–James Joyce, “An Encounter,” Dubliners


Rereading Reconsidered

Is rereading a memory exercise or a refinement of discovery?

Now that I have left academia far behind me, I seldom reread a novel. Often it is because I regret having wasted too much time on it already. 805 more words




This is going to be a very disjointed/disconnected post. It’s basically just a long ramble to get things out of my brain, so that there will be space for new things to come in (aka essay ideas). 390 more words

Let us cultivate our garden

Six years ago around this time, when I was 38, I visited Europe for the first time. I flew from Miami to Düsseldorf, stayed three nights in Cologne, three in Paris, four in Amsterdam, and one back in Düsseldorf. 430 more words


Howard Jacobson is the worst living writer

Linger but a while, dear reader, on these words – and forgive me my presumptive apostrophising, but the fact, crude as it may be, yet remains: you… 2,608 more words

Vague Attempts At Satire