In memory of a writer with the rare combination of democratic humanism and fantastic world-building imagination.
Close Reading as Genre
Just what is that infamous thing, a close reading?
Brian Eno on "cool/uncool" and the lack thereof
In last December's issue of the British magazine Prospect, the musician and producer Brian Eno explained that gone are the days of distinct stylistic trends -- "this season's color" or "Abstract Expressionism" or "psychedelic music."
I've been reading the evolving debate on narrativity here with great interest: Kate Lingley's recent post on the value (perhaps necessity) of a diachronic way of organizing the meanings with which art is invested particularly resonated, since this is a significant problem in Anglo-Saxon literature.
The day after April Fool's day seems appropriate for pondering how to recognize a joke. I've been reading the Old English poem Andreas, and came across this passage:
Back to School
Thanks to the curious rhythms of the quarter system, it’s finally now back to school here at the University of California at Santa Cruz. We’ll be marking it -- faculty, staff, and students -- with a walkout on Thursday, September 24 to protest the budget cuts that have so battered this institution and others throughout California.