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Reflections of a working writer and reader



Posts added in October 2012


. . . perhaps metonymy is even more important (than metaphor) in creating a relationship between reader and writer, reader and book, or reader and literary character.

First Love

First Love by John Clare I ne’er was struck before that hour With love so sudden and so sweet, Her face it bloomed like a sweet flower And stole my heart away complete. My face turned pale as deadly pale. My legs refused to walk away, And when she looked, what could I ail? My […]

No fool like an old fool.

Surely language is a frivolous way to spend a life. Almost as bad as being a general in Afghanistan. I spent a couple of spring months at age nineteen studying Finnegans Wake and the damage was irreparable. I still hear parts in my dreams. My last birthday I was concerned that I was one hundred […]

Fiction and Research

The more images I gathered from the past, I said, the more unlikely it seemed to me that the past had actually happened in this or that way, for nothing about it could be called normal: most of it was absurd, and if not absurd, then appalling. WG Sebald. What you also cannot do, of […]

I’m Dreaming of a White President

Randy Newman, keeping the flag of irony flying high in America: