Writers, artists, and public intellectuals are nearing some sort of precipice: Their audiences increasingly expect digital content to be free…. Related difficulties are now looming for books. –Sam Harris, “The Future of the Book“ Sam Harris’s essay is only partly … Continue reading
I think I see why Emily Dickinson uses all those dashes instead of commas and periods. (Someone else has probably said this before, but I’m too lazy to do a responsible literature review and find out, so I’ll pretend this … Continue reading
I’m reading about Shakespeare’s sonnets and I’m rethinking the value of modern punctuation. Actually I’m beginning to doubt the very philosophy of it. Punctuation in Shakespeare’s day, especially when used by poets and playwrights, indicated pauses for out-loud reading without … Continue reading
Andrew Sullivan (The Daily Dish, Atlantic Monthly, 18 Dec. 2010) re-quotes a passage from C.S. Lewis’s An Experiment in Criticism, quoted in turn by Laura Miller in an article defending “genre fiction” like Dan Brown and Louis L’Amour and so … Continue reading
I hate the word “blog,” but starting this thing is the best thing I’ve ever done for my writing besides teach literature for years and years.
RE: “RE: Your Brains” by Jonathan Coulton: The English teacher in me cannot leave this song alone. I think I’ve identified why this song works so well for me. First, watch this video, one of the most enjoyable interpretations, for … Continue reading
We had put together the first coffeehouse in Miami and I was singing in a bar called the Gold Dust Lounge…. We called our club the Coffee House and when it opened we all started playing in these joints and … Continue reading
Once again, I’m indebted to Bryon Cannon and catsignal for the gumption to write this essay. • My wife Susan first made me aware of this class of expository literature. I believe it started when she was reading The Perfect … Continue reading