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1  Books / Latin American Literature / Re: Latin American Literature on: June 19, 2008, 10:50:11 PM
a collector of reviews, essays and such, something like a 3QD for the topic:
SPLALit - Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Literature and Culture
http://splalit.blogspot.com/
2  Books / Poetry / Re: Poetry on: June 18, 2008, 09:49:04 PM
Interesting, Pugey. When the rules are violated, is it no longer elementary, or is it immoral? Wink (The interlude is described a little differently by Bellos, as having 2-7 syllables rather than 1-5.)

But highlighting Philip Terry's "echo in the very roots of English poetry, the kennings of Anglo-Saxon verse” -- there's a further Anglo-Saxon echo in the split line, 2-2 stresses organized in quatrains mirrored by the 3-1 word pairs. Not that either was intended.
3  Books / Latin American Literature / Re: Latin American Literature on: June 18, 2008, 07:10:31 PM
Dirty War, ongoing battles:
http://www.bostonreview.net/BR33.3/ferguson.php
4  Books / Meander Where You May / Re: Meander Where You May on: June 10, 2008, 10:00:33 PM
I love the expression "expecting a little stranger" -- so many of them are far stranger than anyone expects!

nnyhav: What prompted you to link that discussion--are you a participant?   
I don't know what Camus might make of "expecting a little stranger" ... (I'm recalling that Dubya read it on summer holidays a couple of years ago and then recommended that the French intercede in Lebanon -- stranger than fiction ain't it?)

As to Adam Bede, I don't expect to participate, but it seems as though it might appeal to those who find the NYT's new book-of-the-month exercises less satisfying, though theValve is infested with professional and aspiring pedagogues and autodidacts. And of course yours truly, a "frequent commenter" and occasional crossposter-child:
http://www.thevalve.org/go/valve/article/taking_readings_on_exegetes_of_our_vladimir/

5  Books / Meander Where You May / Re: Meander Where You May on: June 09, 2008, 09:41:55 PM
For any George Eliot fans out there:
http://www.thevalve.org/go/valve/article/summer_reading_project_adam_bede/


6  Books / Latin American Literature / Re: Latin American Literature on: June 04, 2008, 11:08:03 PM
Roberto Bolaño's acceptance of the '99 Rómulo Gallegos prize for The Savage Detectives:

http://canopycanopycanopy.com/2/the_caracas_speech
7  Books / Meander Where You May / Re: I've lost that loving feeling..... on: May 18, 2008, 11:32:36 PM
[...] (And despite annoyance, I was going to congratulate you for being the only person I knew except for myself who'd read "St. Petersburg.")  Closer scrutiny revealed the quotation marks -- and brain cells surged again with memory of this famous list -- though had forgotten the "first half" proviso for Proust. 
Well, I have read St. Petersburg, in the Grove edition, as recommended here:
http://www.kulichki.com/moshkow/NABOKOW/Inter06.txt
The others on the list (and in the interview, except a couple indifferent Russians and Frank Lane's letters [oh and Finnigan's Wake on my shelf, and "La Rue du Chat qui Peche" which isn't]) as well, but not yet any half of Proust.
8  Books / Meander Where You May / Re: Meander Where You May on: May 15, 2008, 07:13:55 PM
Chartres:
http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/books/non-fiction/article3900812.ece
Philip Ball may be no Henry Adams, but still ...
9  Books / Meander Where You May / Re: I've lost that loving feeling..... on: May 14, 2008, 07:11:26 PM
What does one do when love dies?

Me and Marcel...that's Proust to you.... have been together for a quarter of a century. And our relationship has ended in indifference and annoyance.

I don't know how Marcel feels about me but I tried, again, to make it through
The Fugitive and just could not do it.

300+ pages of analyzing every iota of the emotional content of his relationship with the now defunct Albertine is just about 280 pages too many.

And Marcel's constant reiteration of his belief that, if indeed Albertine was a lesbian, she was having it off with every member of the female sex in France is just crazy.

I will continue to respect Proust and what he did for literature and aesthetics but I don't know that I will ever willingly read another page of A La Recherche..... in my life.

I will hope that someday I can forget the past and read the last book of Proust's masterpiece but it will take a damn sight of time to recover from my Albertine-itis.

You are in good company: "My greatest masterpieces of twentieth century prose are, in this order: Joyce's 'Ulysses'; Kafka's 'Transformation'; Bely's 'St. Petersburg,' and the first half of Proust's fairy tale, 'In Search of Lost Time.'" -- Vladimir Nabokov, 1966 interview:
http://www.nytimes.com/books/97/03/02/lifetimes/nab-v-freud.html
We'll bring you around eventually ...  Wink
10  Books / Latin American Literature / Re: Latin American Literature on: May 11, 2008, 11:12:22 PM
[...] 10. The right to be quiet [...]
[...] Another book I can get is the book mentioned by nnyhav - The Death of Artemio Cruz by Fuentes....
I exercise the right to remain silent.  Roll Eyes
But not without saying that it's very good.
Also, see the Guardian profile on Fuentes:
http://books.guardian.co.uk/departments/generalfiction/story/0,,486073,00.html
That is all.
11  Books / Meander Where You May / Re: Meander Where You May on: May 10, 2008, 01:14:20 PM
Hey, Sybil Vane is blogging! Somewhat cross, but nothing acrostic, AFAICS:
http://bitchphd.blogspot.com/2008/04/collectives_23.html
(her 2nd post, but introductory, on VN's Bday)
12  Books / Meander Where You May / Re: Meander Where You May on: May 10, 2008, 12:20:06 PM
Wouldn't "The Secret of the Golden Flower" suggest your inner vegetable? Attributes could include fire (grilled), water (boiled), and crudités ...
13  Books / Latin American Literature / Re: Latin American Literature on: May 10, 2008, 12:07:07 PM
mringel -- In some ways Esposito's depiction is overly bleak, blurring the USian public into the nonliterary and the nonliterate (not illiterate, but those who don't read by choice). For all the rending of garments and gnashing of teeth, translations have become increasingly available to me over my lifetime, thanks to the efforts of publishers like dalkeyarchive & nyrb & archipelago and steadfasts like fsg et al  ... talking about translations, the latest issue of Context covers it in the latest issue under "Reading Culture" (downscroll):
http://www.dalkeyarchive.com/context/show/21
Some of my thoughts on translation (translated over to my blog) got good feedback from somebody who actually does literary translation (over at another bookchat, not to distract anyone here):
http://www.worldliteratureforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=103
Meanwhile, I'm reading Fuentes' The Death of Artemio Cruz (Mac Adam's translation), which I unaccountably passed over in Boom-times ...
14  Books / Latin American Literature / Re: Latin American Literature on: May 09, 2008, 03:52:06 PM
Borges teaches self-defense:
http://mcsweeneys.net/2008/5/6schorn.html

also, The Dream of Our Youth: Scott Esposito on Roberto Bolaño
http://hermanocerdo.anarchyweb.org/index.php/2008/04/the-dream-of-our-youth/
15  Books / Latin American Literature / Re: Latin American Literature on: May 01, 2008, 03:23:37 PM
... NNYHV MASTER THE LIKNMEISTER, I have a great web page-so as to complete your Arg lit. page-. Let´s give you a few tips:Argentina,bazar. ...
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