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Presque vu LXXVIII

Lowebrow has a fascinating piece on how Guy de Maupassant took writing lessons from Gustave Flaubert.


The Kenyon Review had a nice April Fool’s Day post.


Literary Tattoos:
O, I die, Horatio;
The potent poison quite o’er-crows my spirit:
I cannot live to hear the news from England;
But I do prophesy the election lights
On Fortinbras: he has my dying voice;
So tell him, with the occurrents, more and less,
Which have solicited. The rest is silence.

– Hamlet, act V, scene ii

Nicky got this tattoo to celebrate her 2:1 degree for English Literature.


No Backbone. Google Bows To Korean Government And Bans Users With Fake Names.

One Response to “Presque vu LXXVIII”

  1. ann says:

    Hi John,

    Thanks for posting about Maupassant and Flaubert. I read Lowebrow’s post and the post at Powell’s. Now to find a copy of Le Roman in English. I have Flaubert’s Sentimental Education sitting on my desk as I write this — should probably have read it years ago, but, er, the reviewers didn’t mention it for some reason…



    jb says: Hi Ann. Sentimental Education is memorable. Don’t leave it on the desk too long.