Count me among those pleased Dylan won the Nobel Prize today. Only snobbery can explain so many writers’ outrage at his win. If you think that Dylan isn’t a “real poet” because he likes to sing his poetry out loud and set it to music, you’re denying the history of poetry as an oral form often set ..
Two years after its first publication, Modernism: Keywords has received its first serious review. To date, the peculiar genre of the book (is it a reference work? a monograph? an edited collection?) has made it a challenge for potential reviewers. We have received some quite disappointing reviews ..
Earlier today, I sent out a big burst of tweets. Collectively, they offer an entirely decent summary of Literature in the Digital Age. And so here they are, preserved and rearranged in chronological order. (more…)
The final stages of a big project are satisfyingly boring. There is not much thinking left to do. Any opportunity for brilliance has expired. Your job now is to spot typos, double-check bibliographical details, scrutinize fonts, and look out for embarrassing factual errors. Occasionally, there is ..