I’m sitting on a mountain of good readings and links that I’ve had little time to curate in the past few weeks. I’ve also decided to call off, officially, the structure I proposed for this blog a long while ago. What I do here works best as an act of curation, a scrapbook of a sort, supplemented by my occasional forays into criticism. It’s also a much more realistic way of me approaching what I’m doing here.
So, then, some readings for–but not apropos of, nor related to, nor inspired by, St. Patrick’s Day:
- The most interesting man in the world is not a character invented to sell beer. He’s a mediocre Olympian from Mexico. And he’s even more interesting than you’d think.
- James Wood offers a sober and pensive meditation on home–everything from the words we use to describe a lack of home to the differences between Britain and America to immigrant fiction.
- A balanced and nuanced New Yorker piece on Amazon makes that company out to be both the poster child of the successful and virtuous application of post-Enlightenment, democratic, capitalist principles, and more or less evil, as well.
- A Christian view of prog rock, and a traditionalist/conservative view of prog rock.
- George Herbert, poetry, and atheism
- “No Harm in a Little Coherence,” or, the foolishness of hip, self-serving, MFA-program poetry, or, how to write and not write poetry.
Apropos of the wins for 12 Years a Slave at the Oscars, the work on which it is based. Again, something to read when I get the chance: