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Alicia Kopf's Brother in Ice

Alicia Kopf’s Brother in Ice is subversive. At the beginning I went along with her story as I share Kopf’s evident fascination with the heady days of polar exploration, of nations racing to be first to reach an ever-moving target. 261 more words

Michel Houellebecq

The Calling of an Artist

“On Sunday 28 June, mid-afternoon, Jed accompanied Olga to Roissy airport. It was sad: something inside him understood that they were living a moment of mortal sadness. 267 more words

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The Unparalleled Educational Value of Michelle Houellebecq

Happy 2018, dear readers. All the best for this new arbitrary amount of time, and may your resolutions stick this time. ;-)

A much discussed and controversial writer named Michelle Houellebecq has crossed my path many times and my mind even more frequently. 607 more words

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In praise of rhetoric

The academic study of literature leads basically nowhere, as we all know, unless you happen to be an especially gifted student, in which case it prepares you for a career teaching the academic study of literature. 421 more words

Literature

Disgrace and Submission

J.M. Coetzee’s Disgrace and Michel Houellebecq’s Submission are strikingly similar on more than a surface level. Critics and analysts will discard their similarities as nothing more than window dressing.  1,130 more words

Literature

LA POSSIBILITÉ D'UNE ÎLE

According to the Supreme Sister, jealousy, desire and the appetite for procreation share the same origin, which is the suffering of being.  It is the suffering of being that makes us seek out the other, as a palliative; we must go beyond this stage to reach the state where the simple fact of being constitutes in itself a permanent occasion for joy; where intermediation is nothing more than a game, freely undertaken, and not constitutive of being.  25 more words

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