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What’s in a List? A Commentary on Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus Lish (New York: Tyrant Books, 2015)

“Lists today are a way of trying to get through the day, because we’re losing our sense of time.” –David Viscott. Most of my student life in learning languages was spent in memorizing lists. If the reader is familiar with … Continue reading

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David Gilmour’s Steinbeck Journal Assignment

The Burials of Red Potter   Beneath the canopy of high mountain pines down in the shade by Johnson’s Creek a pack-horse stood with heavy panniers, a silhouette against the sunlit stream.  Two large, dark bundles lay on the creek’s … Continue reading

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ARS LONGA

[Post post:] The Free Spirit of Laurence Sterne “For in writing what I have set about, I shall confine myself neither to his [Horace’s] rules, nor to any man’s rules who ever lived.” (Tristram Shandy, Bk 1, Ch. iv.)  “Nothing … Continue reading

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Coming of Age: No Literary “Recognition” in Young Jack

Comments on Tobias Wolff’s This Boy’s Life: a Memoir (New York:  Grove Press, c1989) Too many memories have revisited me since I read This Boy’s Life a couple of months ago that I have to comment on the importance of … Continue reading

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Mid-Post: Inter-Shandean-Mezzo

Like James Joyce with his ever-flowing Finnegans Wake, a riverine blathering extravaganza if there ever was one, Laurence Sterne in Tristram Shandy, who must have seemed Sir Extravagant, or Sir Eccentric, himself, in his storytelling vagaries, wished to keep the … Continue reading

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Not your normal Shandydandy

The audio-book I recommend for Sterne’s Tristram Shandy—-Life and Opinions of etc. is the audible.com version read by Anton Lesser, which covers about 20 hours of one’s listening life, counting shutting down periodically the audible app and taking it up … Continue reading

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The Island with No Name and a Triangular Square

Part 1: On the Need for Participation of the Reader Commentary on The Voyeur by Alain Robbe-Grillet: translated by Richard Howard, New York:  Grove Press, c1986. “Far from neglecting him, the author today proclaims his absolute need of the reader’s … Continue reading

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When the Sirens Wail: Living Far Out. A Commentary on Tim Winton’s Breath

A wonderful change of pace for The Retired Men’s Book Club! Thank you, Burk. I don’t know really why you chose Tim Winton’s Breath, but it’s a doozie, a little gem. As the narrator says, “Thriving on risk is perverse” … Continue reading

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Nothing Ends: A Reading of Hemingway’s “End of Something” from In Our Time

In order to maintain the formatting of my essay, I have uploaded my Microsoft Word Files to WordPress, and make them available here as links: Hemingway End of Something Part 1 The End of Something Part 2 David Gilmour

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On a Darkling Plain

A copy of Matthew Arnold’s “Dover Beach” is a posting some of you requested after our meeting on “The Collapse of Western Civilization.”(*) If you read my “Phlebas the Sailor” commentary in The Waste Land selection, you might guess I … Continue reading

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