Monthly Archives: September 2013

The Killer Inside the American Novelist

“The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer.” This provocative quote appeared in Studies in Classic American Literature (1923). The author may surprise you: not Jim Thompson, but D.H. Lawrence. What may surprise you more is that … Continue reading

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Want Brand or Franchise with that Author?

“With all my ideas and follies I could one day found a corporate company for the propagation of beautiful but unreliable imaginings.” – Robert Walser. Authors have all heard the advice: have a plan and the mental agility to modify … Continue reading

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World War 1: The Quality of No Quality

In the realm of the aesthetic … even imperfection and lack of completion have their value. — Robert Musil, “Address at the Memorial Service for Rilke in Berlin” (1927) In the previous post, I suggested that World War I signaled … Continue reading

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