In looking through my books, I thought it would be interesting to compile a list of American authors who have contributed to the formation of the modern novel. I took a stab at listing authors and then looked them up on Bookscan to see what their biggest novel was (I may have taken a liberty [...]
Last year I read Percy Lubbock’s THE CRAFT OF FICTION, which was insightful and entertaining in a slightly dated way. Reading it made me realize how few books have been devoted to the structure of the novel, and I believe this is one reason E.M. Forster’s ASPECTS OF THE NOVEL receives so much praise. Forster [...]
The NY Times has posted a series of articles on why criticism matters. The series attempts to further the dialogue Alfred Kazin began fifty years ago. Here is an excerpt from Stephen Burns’ piece:
Some writers may try to seal themselves off from the crackling energy of the Web, but the contemporary novel’s form is always [...]
While working on my manuscript for The Babe and the Wolves, I have been reading Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment. I have tried reading it a couple of times, but I am not a great fan of Dostoevsky’s writing style, but this time I powered through it.
Why read it if I did not think I [...]
A little hip hop ditty on a semiotic tip. Neo-pragmatists deconstructed with digital turntablism, reducing anti-foundationalism to its very foundations.
As the man says, we just do what we do, baby, we do what we do.
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Denis Dutton, a professor of the philosophy of art at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and the author of “The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure and Human Evolution”, has written a poor and limited view of concpetual art for the NY Times. He asks if conceptual art has jumped the shark by placing too [...]