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Diving Back into Cyberspace: Ghost in the Shell: Arise

There are two stories that got me deep into the cyberpunk genre. One is the grandfather of the genre itself, William Gibson’s novel Neuromancer 744 more words

The Written Word

Dorothy Richardson, Karl Ove Knausgaard, and Literary History

Amy Shearn on how and why Karl Ove Knausgaard’s champions have neglected the modernist Dorothy Richardson, whose roman-fleuve Pilgrimage anticipates My Struggle in mode and method: 1,356 more words


In Defense of Brom Bones: Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”

Spoiler Alert: All story reviews will assume the reader has read the story.

 Washington Irving’s classic story of the headless horsemen playfully focuses on the “hero,” Ichabod Crane, who is really nothing of the sort. 1,505 more words


Disburdenment Through Reading

This recent piece in the LA Review of Books seized my attention, and as a consequence I’m reading Uses of Literature. It is one of those rare books of literary criticism, if you are fascinated as I am by the phenomenon of reading, that thrills quite as much as the books under its consideration. 215 more words

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The Gospels as Allegorical Myth, Part 2 of 4: Matthew

In the first post I wrote in this series, I mentioned many of the elements from Richard Carrier’s analysis of the Gospels, that show that they are quite obviously allegorical myth and fiction rather than any kind of actual historical account.  4,801 more words

Rainbows and Daffodils: Stylistic Contrasts in William Wordsworth’s “My Heart Leaps Up When I Behold” and “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”

Literary critic Matthew Arnold found William Wordsworth’s writing so far removed from the concept of poetry that he once conjectured that “it might seem that Nature not only gave him the matter for his poem, but wrote his poem for him.  2,959 more words

I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud

the melancholy personality

Who is the person that can be say that they or that he has a melancholy personality? To some, it is the person that is the one who is always moody, the one that always has nothing to say when spoken to, the one that is the snobbish asshole at home. 581 more words

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