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Umberto Eco (Naturally, a Manuscript)

“… he must, must write a sequel,” wrote Pradeep Sebastian about Umberto Eco and The Name of the Rose. Now, alas, he never will. My own enthusiasm for Eco’s work has cooled over the years, yet I couldn’t have been more excited … Continue reading

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Notes on Reading and Literature: Reading Borges

These thoughts came about during a conversation with a friend of mine. They should be taken as reading advice for first-time readers of Jorge Luis Borges. If you haven’t read Borges, you should. There’s a collection called Labyrinths, which contains a … Continue reading

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Notes on Literature: Brief Thoughts on Short Story Collections

“At some point, I realized that I had grown more interested in collections, that is, volumes of stories gathering the work of a single author. Rather than read just one of Lord Dunsany’s tall tales about Joseph Jorkens, or one … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Leopard

Sicily is Sicily—1860, earlier, forever. So writes Giusseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa in a letter describing The Leopard to Baron Enrico Merlo di Tagliavia. This idea—of an immortal, unchanging land that defines its people—is at the heart of his novel. And … Continue reading

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Notes on Literature: Story-Tellers and Fabulists

In my previous post I had promised further commentary on why it is possible to acquire a feel for, or working knowledge of, the works of some–but not all–authors by reading about them rather than reading them. So here it … Continue reading

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Notes on Literature: Kafkaesque

A couple of days ago I was trying to explain the implications of the adjective Kafkaesque to a friend of mine. I haven’t read any of Kafka’s work; however, I have read a lot about them. And like Orwell, his themes … Continue reading

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Musings: The Reader’s Face

… he discovers that the patient labyrinth of lines traces the lineaments of his own face. – Jorge Louis Borges The details that linger, the details that we choose to remember or, more tellingly, that we have no choice but … Continue reading

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Notes on Literature: The Possibilities of Fantasy

My previous post got me thinking about the need for fantasy as a genre and the possibilities that it opens up. Why do we need fantasy? What is the intention of an author in setting his-her tale in a fantastic … Continue reading

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Links and Quotes: A Borgesian Link and a ‘Babel’-ian Blog

From The Babelian algorithms on No Fear of the Future The idea of the story [The Library of Babel] is persistently appropriated and repurposed, some even postulating a VHS version. But I suspect most take it as a given that the … Continue reading

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Notes on Reading: Reading Lives

I feel the fundamental question underlying biography reading is: Why? Why the life of this person? Why only this person? Why Murray Gell-Mann but not John Archibald Wheeler? Why Isaac Asimov but not Robert Anson Heinlein? Why Richard Feynman but not Edward … Continue reading

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