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On Long Form, Collective Unconscious, and Light in August

Reading Light in August by William Faulkner makes me pine for long form, the craft of the long sentence or the novel. The book is emblematic of a genre of American literature beginning to delve into the theme of collective unconscious narrative voice, especially slave narratives and African American voice. 352 more words


Tom McCarthy, Satin Island

Satin Island: A Novel by Tom McCarthy

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Imagine DeLillo or Ballard without either of those writers’ command of language. Imagine prose in the style of successful young humanities academics today, who write as if they have read every novel, played every video game, grasped every political theory, and can now proceed to shuffle them around in a snide and knowing way meant to flatter or intimidate a like-minded audience. 718 more words

Book Reviews

The Forever Unrequited Lovelorn Loser

This paragraph was to be part of a novel I began writing in early 2008.

The forever unrequited lovelorn loser buys 69 Love Songs on a whim after his first sweetheart breaks up with him and is heartened when he hears a man singing about taking Prozac to be able to sleep at night and how the only thing he ever felt for someone, in disbelief, was not real, or, if you don’t cry, then you just don’t feel it deep enough, and the boy thinks, as he listens, that maybe somebody else out there has had the same feelings, and he feels a little better. 686 more words

10 Short Poems by T. E. Hulme

The best T. E. Hulme poems, which can be read in a few minutes and enjoyed for a lifetime

We’ve written about T. E. Hulme (1883-1917) before, in… 911 more words


they must be encouraged, PMLA edition

It took them long enough – I submitted on 1 August 2014 and didn’t get any response until 25 March 2015, which is almost eight months – but… 628 more words

Adventures In Academic Publishing

The Tremendous Need for Poetry

Life is full of small things that go unnoticed. Many poems are likewise small and similarly easy to dismiss. Epic poetry is the exception rather than the rule and, even then, it still can’t have the same kind of impact it once did. 844 more words


Life is Strange, Episode Two: Out of Time: A Hand Against a Storm

Having played through the first episode of Square Enix’s new title Life is Strange, I have to say I like the idea of playing through a game in multiple parts the same way I’d follow the first season of a new TV show. 707 more words

The Written Word