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The freedom of the poet-dramatist to some degree had to be granted by his audience.

– Harold Bloom, “Preface: The Anxiety of Influence”


Artistic License and Censorship of the Independent Writer: An Epistle

Dear J.J. (or, she who shall not be named),

Allow me to convey my gratitude as both a fan and a corresponding legal target. I recently received the most flattering letter from your IP lawyers in which they allege that I committed a federal crime of TM infringement by mentioning your name in a blog post. 845 more words


Professor Brian D. Morrison Recommends "The Lice" by W.S. Merwin

In this week’s Recommended Reads post, professor Brian D. Morrison recommends The Lice by W. S. Merwin.

The Lice serves as a pinnacle of experimental lyric poetry. 827 more words

Recommended Reads

The Anxiety of Influence, A New Version

By publishing The Anxiety of Influence in 1973, Harold Bloom invited both critics and authors to re-read centuries of literary creation as a reactionary act against the haunting shadow of precursors;  a reactionary act from the new author’s side to establish his own voice, already influenced by forerunners, as an original one. 541 more words


Episode 44: Salvador Plascencia, The People of Paper

This week we welcome back Justin St. Germain, author of the memoir Son of a Gun (click on that link to buy his book from Powell’s) and picker of this week’s book, a novel that’s largely about writing a novel, and which lots of smart people have called genius. 142 more words


Sculpting Harold Bloom

With my girlfriend away in France for the week, I decided to build on the lessons learnt from the creation of Fimo Philip Larkin, by embarking on another project – sculpting the Shakespeare scholar, literary critic, and Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale, the legendary Harold Bloom. 448 more words