Category Archives: criticism

The exploration of damaged prose

I’ve written before in passing about how hack writing pales into insignificance alongside great talent. Consider this paragraph from what purports to be a crime thriller: Carol frowned. This wasn’t the Tony Hill she’d known all these years. Yes, he’d … Continue reading

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The death of the subject

A lot of the time I can’t deal with stressful novels. It took me several run-ups before I was able to career and carom through Kafka’s The Trial: several-less-one false starts followed by a particularly relaxed few weekends. More generally my nerves … Continue reading

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The death of the author

When I find an artist – author, musician, painter – who excites me completely, from head to toe, it sometimes suits my appreciation of their work if they’re long since dead. I know that sounds ghoulish, but it isn’t meant … Continue reading

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Léigh moran agus scríobh tuilleadh

When Looby mentioned that it was Flann O’Brien’s birthday today, I wished the late gentleman a happy birthday on Twitter (a superstitious folly committed to the air, like saluting a magpie) and decided: that was that. But it’s since been … Continue reading

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Devotions upon Emergent Readerships

“Your really that concerned about what someone else is reading?” No man is a pamphlet entire of itself; every man is a chapter in the binding, a part of a book; if a leaf be blown away by the wind, … Continue reading

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Where life is beautiful all the time

Anton Vowl discusses cryptoracists, and the preferred mode of transport of the people who oppress their common-sense opinions: Which brings me to the other kind of racist, who is much more loathsome. This kind of racist doesn’t admit he’s racist. … Continue reading

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Three proud hypocrisies

In Vanity Fair, Thackeray continues to refer to the most morally upstanding member of his bizarre collection of characters as a hypocrite: Conducted to the ladies, at the Ship Inn, Dobbin assumed a jovial and rattling manner, which proved that … Continue reading

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