Category Archives: Literature

My Problem With Rich Lowry’s Problem with Cormac McCarthy

Just when I think Rich Lowry can’t become more of a clown, he dons an even bigger pair of floppy red shoes. In his very short post “My Problem With Cormac McCarthy” he writes: I just came back this week … Continue reading

Posted in Literature | Comments Off on My Problem With Rich Lowry’s Problem with Cormac McCarthy

Falstaff

Allen Mendenhall reviews Harold Bloom’s new book Falstaff: Give Me Life (Shakespeare’s Personalities): The result is a solemn, exhilarating meditation on Sir John Falstaff, the cheerful, slovenly, degenerate knight whose unwavering and ultimately self-destructive loyalty to Henry of Monmouth, or … Continue reading

Posted in Film, Literature | Comments Off on Falstaff

Pound For Pound

In TAC, Scott Beauchamp reviews the new book The Bughouse: The Poetry, Politics, and Madness of Ezra Pound, by Daniel Swift (“Ezra Pound, Locked Away”): Ezra Pound is a litmus test as much as he is a poet. His cartoonish … Continue reading

Posted in Literature | Comments Off on Pound For Pound

A Legion of Horribles (aka Death Hilarious)

“A legion of horribles, hundreds in number, half naked or clad in costumes attic or biblical or wardrobed out of a fevered dream with the skins of animals and silk finery and pieces of uniform still tracked with the blood … Continue reading

Posted in Literature | Comments Off on A Legion of Horribles (aka Death Hilarious)

The Sci-Fi Roots of the Alt-Right

In “The Sci-Fi Roots of the Far Right”, leftie David Auerbach makes me want to read the Hugo-nominated 1977 novel Lucifer’s Hammer, co-authored by Larry Niven and the recently-deceased Jerry Pournelle: Pournelle — who died earlier this month — first rose to … Continue reading

Posted in Alt-Right, Dark Enlightenment, Literature | Comments Off on The Sci-Fi Roots of the Alt-Right

Cormac McCarthy’s Gnosticism

In First Things, Peter Leithart has a brief article on “Cormac McCarthy’s Gnosticism”: Whatever the religious borrowings, McCarthy puts his sources to good literary use. Few writers are capable of the lush phantasmagoria of the battle scenes in Blood Meridian. … Continue reading

Posted in Literature | Comments Off on Cormac McCarthy’s Gnosticism

The Man Who Would Be King (1888)

From Rudyard Kipling’s “The Man Who Would Be King” (1888): “‘In another six months,’ says Dravot, ‘we’ll hold another Communication and see how you are working.’ Then he asks them about their villages, and learns that they was fighting one … Continue reading

Posted in Literature | Comments Off on The Man Who Would Be King (1888)

RIP: Robert Pirsig

Robert Pirsig has died. In late high school (or early college, I can’t definitively recall), I read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and was greatly affected by it. I’m not so sure how well it holds up today, … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Literature | Comments Off on RIP: Robert Pirsig

Douthat: “White Pride and Prejudice”

In “White Pride and Prejudice”, Ross Douthat rhetorically posits the Internet itself as his interlocutor: “Why my dear, you must know, it seems that certain young men of dubious character, not content with seizing ‘The Matrix’ and Taylor Swift and … Continue reading

Posted in Alt-Right, Culture Wars, Literature, NYT | Comments Off on Douthat: “White Pride and Prejudice”

George Eliot & Contemporary Jewish Separatism

Tablet magazine, it should be known, focuses on All Things Jewish. On their website currently, alongside articles like “It’s Time for Intersectionality to Include the Jews”, “Are Jews at Risk for Parkinson’s Disease?”, or another that celebrates how “Jewishly inflected, … Continue reading

Posted in Jewish, Literature | Comments Off on George Eliot & Contemporary Jewish Separatism