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Primo Levi on Franz Kafka's "astounding clairvoyance"

In a recent piece for The Times Literary Supplement, Ian Thomson has reviewed Penguin’s new three-volume collection of Primo Levi‘s Complete Works in English.  297 more words


First Post . . . Welcome

Hi and Welcome to my little Blog, Live, Love, Read!

I have had an obsession with books and all my life. Everything from Shakespeare to Helen Fielding, to J.  167 more words


Subjective Reader Response Theory

In stark contrast to affective stylistics and to all forms of transactional reader response theory, subjective reader-response theory does not call for the analysis of textual cues. 1,987 more words

Literary Theory

Satan, Enlightenment, and Milton’s Politics in Paradise Lost

Satan, Enlightenment, and Milton’s Politics in Paradise Lost

John Milton’s Paradise Lost is one of the most scrutinized texts in the western canon. Of frequent interest is how Milton was attempting to, as he wrote in Book I of the poem, “justifie the wayes of God to men” (26). 2,144 more words


Joe Queenan Loves Books. Poets? Not So Much.

I just finished a round-trip to South Carolina, traveling my favorite way–on a train where I can read to the rumble of tracks in that glorious Amtrak invention known as the quiet car (all *$%& cellphones SILENCED, thank you). 677 more words