Posts by: Alex Norcia

Monkeying Through Literature

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For The Millions, Daniel O’Malley examines the appearance of monkeys in literature, dividing them into two categories: “the first involves stories that feature monkeys as prominent characters or focal points”; and the second, the one he is “most interested in,” concern “stories that don’t ask so much of their monkeys, stories that could arguably exist without […]

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The Alien Angel

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In The Times Literary Supplement, Marjorie Perloff explores “the strange voice of Edgar Allan Poe,” invoking the criticism of Harold Bloom, T.S. Eliot, and Jerome McGann, whose new book, The Poet Edgar Allan Poe: Alien Angel, she has set out to review. Among other elements, she notes that Poe has now become popular among college students, […]

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Hollywood History and the Truth

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In The New York Review of Books, Francine Prose analyzes “the recent controversies about the accuracy of ‘historical’ films” in Hollywood, concluding that maybe “the real source of controversy isn’t the question of truth in historical films, but rather the subjects of historical films—and how vexed those subjects are.”

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