Category Archives: Literature

Foursquare Daiquiri

Tiré d’une lettre particulière:   Be sure to make a daiquiri with Foursquare Rum; it was the first cocktail I ever fell in love with, and while a more developed palette may have foregone the relationship and so avoided the … Continue reading

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Review of The Great Gatsby (novel)

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald My rating: 5 of 5 stars Accepting that clichés are such because they’re true, I’ll refrain from paying The Great Gatsby the usual accolades, let my rating speak for itself and merely list … Continue reading

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A Very Short Review of Richard Ellman’s Joyce Biography

James Joyce by Richard Ellmann My rating: 4 of 5 stars All of the artist, none of the art. View all my reviews

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On the Bedside Table

I finally picked up Richard Ellman’s biography of Joyce (the urge to call it seminal is almost overpowering, but doing so would give Joyce’s credit to the wrong person) and am going to a shoot for a chapter a night. … Continue reading

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On Nabokov “On Translating ‘Eugene Onegin'”

A friend sent me a picture of a page from an old New Yorker; on this page are printed two poems by one Vladimir Nabokov, both illuminating his feelings on translating Alexander Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin. Before I go on, however, … Continue reading

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Another bit from the Brothers Karamazov

Brothers Karamazov Originally when I started this series of posts I was going to write up a bit of a review of every tenth of Brothers Karamazov, sort of how I blogged about Murakami’s 1Q84. Well, with the marathon, Hurricane … Continue reading

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Ivan vs the church vs the Economist vs Nabokov

So I’m just about 70 pages into Brothers Karamazov and Dostoevsky is getting on with being Dostoevsky. His narrator has gone off on a tangent about why a realist is more likely than a convert to accept the existence of … Continue reading

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