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[Wrap Up 2013] This year, I learned that I shouldn’t bank on any reading project that involves more than 3 to 7 books.

I’m a big fan of grand reading plans. A few years ago, I read all the Russians. The year after that, I read Proust. And last year I read lots of Victorian literature. At the beginning of the year, I announced that I was going to spend this year reading all of the 19th century […]

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Just finished reading Thomas Bernhard’s _The Woodcutters_

And let me tell you, it was super weird. The whole thing is two big paragraphs. It’s all told as the ramblings of a guy sitting in a chair at a party, reflecting on the artistic culture of Vienna and his estrangement from it. Very interesting. I thought that the form gave it a kind […]

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The main barrier to enjoying Ulysses is not the novel’s incomprehensibility; it’s the sheer tedium of some of its sections

            Last night, a former Clarion classmate and I were talking about the ultimate blow-off critique: “The writing in this is good.” That critique got so ubiquitous at Clarion that the instructors started disallowing it. That’s because people use “the writing is good” to mean “this kind of looks and sounds […]

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Finished reading Hard Times and went back to Ulysses

Reading a book like Ulysses is interesting. It makes me realize how much skimming I do when I read. Although the book does have a plot and a progression, you really can’t stop paying attention for even a second, or you lose track of where and when you are and whose head you’re in.  It’s […]

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Trying to post more often (+some thoughts on Joyce’s Ulysses)

Normally, I post fairly length posts three times a week (almost always during a weekday). And I propagate all my posts to Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. But I think I am going to start trying to post whenever I feel like it (i.e. more than three times a week) and then I’ll only propagate some […]

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