Posts Tagged: London Review of Books

Title Written Later

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Over at the London Review of Books, Robert Hanks meditates on procrastination:

Procrastination is the main way I express anxiety and depression, if I can use these medicalised, dignifying terms. It’s franker to say that I put things off because much of the time I’m frightened and sad (too frightened and sad for procrastination to be enough of an outlet: I also have an array of psychosomatic symptoms: rashes, headaches and stomach disorders – not that the line between procrastination and illness is necessarily sharp, if it’s there at all).

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Repeat the Past, Break the Future

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A god does not intervene. A mortal dies. Things happen repeatedly, then suddenly they differ. That rhythm of action, which combines repetition with asymmetry, is the rhythm of Homeric narrative and of the Homeric style. And it is designed to hold you in its spell as much as the rhythm of a line: the beat of repetition tells you this must happen, then, behold a wonder, it does not.

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“A ‘Fuck You’ to Women Everywhere”

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I can imagine complaining along these lines in an editorial meeting at a British publishing house, and being sighed at: “Yes, of course the 1960s cover is beautiful – I love it – but Waterstones and Tesco won’t stock it.”

At the London Review of Books‘ blog, Fatema Ahmed takes a critical look at the cover of a new edition of The Bell Jar, which depicts a woman applying makeup.

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Did You Just Eat Breakfast?

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This one time in the 19th century, some guys were hanging out in a store when a shotgun accidently went off, wounding one Alex St Martin in the stomach, exposing his breakfast and his digestive system.

While the part about the breakfast is completely upsetting, the uncovering of the human digestive anatomy was actually both helpful and upsetting.

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The Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup

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Blog is a fun word to say, even if I’m tired of hearing other people say it.

Eggers on Salinger.

Michaelangelo’s poem “When the Author Was Painting the Vault of the Sistene Chapel.” (via)

“Hey Oscar Wilde! It’s Clobbering Time!” Jacket Copy has fun with illustrators’ pictures of their favorite literary figures and characters.

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