Critic’s Notebook: The Wake without training wheels

Jack Burton: I don’t get this at all. I thought Lo Pan— David Lo Pan: Shut up, Mr. Burton! You were not brought upon this world to “get it!” Big Trouble in Little China (John Carpenter, 1986) Earlier in my life, I read Dubliners, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and Ulysses, all by James Joyce. This year I decided to read Finnegans Wake, a novel notorious for its inaccessibility. Like The Cantos by Ezra Pound, it is a text many know, few read, and less understand. While the Wake is difficult, this shouldn’t be seen as a … Continue reading Critic’s Notebook: The Wake without training wheels

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Translation Tuesdays: Voroshilovgrad, by Serhiy Zhadan @ nyjb

“Recommended reading for those looking for a more lighthearted take on a region riven by suffering and war. Voroshilovgrad is yet another example of Ukraine’s cultural uniqueness and its post-Soviet literary scene.” Continue reading Translation Tuesdays: Voroshilovgrad, by Serhiy Zhadan @ nyjb

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TOP THREE: BANGERS: NUMBER 2: “Jesus Built My Hotrod,” by Ministry

Personal, subjective rankings with a short commentary. (KEΦAΛHΞΘ aka) Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs Sire (1992) I must have discovered “Jesus Built My Hotrod” via the Butthole Surfers. In this propulsive, maniacal banger … Continue reading TOP THREE: BANGERS: NUMBER 2: “Jesus Built My Hotrod,” by Ministry

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Wednesday Poetry Corner: Junk by Tommy Pico @ NYJB

“Tommy Pico brings his unique personal perspective to this volume. He explores, once again, what it is to be Native American and gay in the United States at that weird moment in history prior to the pandemic.” Continue reading Wednesday Poetry Corner: Junk by Tommy Pico @ NYJB

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