The thesis of this blog post is fairly simple: Lana del Rey’s “Video Games” is a cultural symptom of the… Read more Of a Melancholy-Apocalyptic Tone Newly Adopted in American Culture
A year or so ago I came across the following passage in Thomas Hardy: The gray tones of daybreak are… Read more The Quality of Autumn Light
The Duino Elegies are a sequence of exquisite variations on the theme of the intersection of finitude and infinity, of… Read more On Rilke and Love
As an example of sheer tautological inanity, you’d be hard-pushed to beat Robert McCrum’s Guardian blog post. Having reminded us… Read more Oh McCrumbs! It’s the Booker again!
The evening is once more ‘spread out against the sky/ Like a patient etherised upon a table’, but it is… Read more Autumn
This year the Booker judges have caused a stir by claiming they are selecting books with ‘readability’ over those with… Read more On the Booker Debacle
Good news: Terry Eagleton will be publishing a new book in the spring. Published by Yale University Press, it is… Read more Terry Eagleton: The Event of Literature
The most fundamental experience of writing a Ph.D. is the horrifying passage of freedom into necessity. It is that constant… Read more Being and Time of PhDs