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Mishima, Nationalism, and an ESL Literary Mystery Human Board Game and Field Trip to Kinkakuji
Nationalism is a troubling political force. Always there like a glowing ember in a fading fire, it lies in wait for the crafty politician to fan the flames with patriotic stirrings. And it is on the rise. We can see it in Donald Trump's USA, already...
Rebel in the Rye review – JD Salinger drama catches attention but sinks into cliche
Nicholas Hoult plays the famous author in a watchable but shallow take on creativity and the process of writing a classic
F. Scott Fitzgerald's French Riviera
Vacation like the famous writer and his family at these eight hotels nestled along the French Riviera.
Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner: A Free Yale Course
This course taught by Yale professor Wai Chee Dimock examines major works by three iconic American authors--Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and William Faulkner.
23 Quotes by F. Scott Fitzgerald
23 Quotes by F. Scott Fitzgerald from TheQuotesList.com
This Side of Paradise - Romance
This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This Side of Paradise is the debut novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It was published in 1920. Taking its title from a line of Rupert Brooke's poem Tiare Tahiti, the book examine
Gravity's Rainbow Quotes
A selection of quotes (with some commentary) from Thomas Pynchon's novel, Gravity's Rainbow.
10 Offbeat Literary Works of Non-English Writers
Most book lists on this and other sites contain the usual suspects, but I think by now everyone who wants to read Haruki Murakami or Thomas Pynchon, already has. Moreover, most of these lists tend to focus on American and British literature, whereas the world is bigger than that. And last but not least: who needs realism if you can have books that create a surreal and absurd world? That’s why I’ve created this list of 10 books written by non-English authors that can be called either experimental or offbeat. No worries for the non-polyglots: all the books on this list have been translated into English.
Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
Click to read more about Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon. LibraryThing is a cataloging and social networking site for booklovers
US author Thomas Pynchon agrees to go digital
Notoriously reclusive American writer Thomas Pynchon has for the first time agreed that his works can be published digitally, his publishers said Thursday.
A Literary / Literature Wiki
The PynchonWiki is a literature wiki exploring the novels of Thomas Pynchon - V., The Crying of Lot 49, Gravity's Rainbow, Vineland, Mason & Dixon, and Against the Day. The wikis contain page-by-page annotations, alphabetical indexes of characters and events, reviews, ruminations, the works...
Thomas Pynchon: Man of Mystery
Is This Tomorrow? is a weekly comic strip created by Kelly Shane & Woody Compton.
The Crying of September 11
Conspiracy theories insist that we open our eyes and wise up. The fix is in, resistance is futile, and innocence is a kind of benightedness, a handicap to be overcome. Such theories claim to explain everything and may appear to explain a lot but they fall short—bitterly, uselessly—as any parent can attest, when the time comes to answer a question posed by an actual innocent. A good postmodernist, like a 9/11 truther, can afford the luxury of disdain for innocence; a parent is bound to protect it. Thomas Pynchon's Bleeding Edge is best understood not as the account of a master of ironized paranoia coming to grips with the cultural paradigm he helped to define but as something much braver and riskier: an attempt to acknowledge, even at the risk of a melodramatic organ chord, that paradigm’s most painful limitation.
"The Novel of Bullshit is dead." Those were the words of praise Thomas Pynchon heaped on Rudy Wurlitzer's debut novel, Nog, published in 1969. As if that wasn't enough of an endorsement, a few weeks ago I got a copy in the mail. After scanning the back, I had to read the synopsis out loud to my girlfriend: Nog tells the tale of a man adrift in the American West, armed with nothing more than his own three pencil-thin memories and an octopus in a bathysphere. I can't remember the last time I've read a synopsis that good, so beautiful in its simplicity. The book didn't disappoint. Wurlitzer's prose meanders wildly but remains imminently readable. It’s a fascinating narrative that challenges your preconceived ideas on how a story can be built.
Smoking Dope with Thomas Pynchon: A Sixties Memoir
Michael Chabon reins it in with the intimate Moonglow
Opening with a quote from Wernher Von Braun, followed quickly by the image of a rocket—a photocopied advertisement, rather than one screaming across the sky—Michael Chabon’s latest, Moonglow, begins with an invocation of Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow. But whereas Pynchon goes sprawling, Chabon
Nathan Hill on The Nix, Satirizing the Media, and Capturing the Absurdity of America in Fiction
Nathan Hill’s debut novel, The Nix, which was released in August, has earned him comparisons to Charles Dickens, Thomas Pynchon, and David Foster Walla ...
“Read a Damn Book – 011: The Crying of Lot 49”
Thomas Pynchon – The Crying of Lot 49 (1965/2006) Thomas Pynchon is a critically acclaimed, but somewhat mysterious author, (he doesn’t allow photographs, and he appeared on an episode of The…
8 Great Japanese Books in Translation That Aren't by Haruki Murakami
We love Murakami, and all the cats, jazz, whiskey bars, mysterious women, and glimpses at modern Japanese life that populate his books. But there's a world of magnificent novels out there by Japanese authors who don't receive as much U.S. press for their work. If you've already devoured Murakami's s
In Search of Haruki Murakami: A Documentary Introduction to Japan’s Great Postmodernist Novelist
Haruki Murakami holds the titles of both the most popular novelist in Japan and the most popular Japanese novelist in the wider world.
Your Week in Culture: U2, Alvin Ailey, Germany’s Answer to ‘Stranger Things’
Also the week the of Nov. 26: David Hockney at the Met; Haruki Murakami at BAM.
Seth Armstrong: Qualities of Dark and Lightness
* “Alright, then, where do the lost names go? The probability of their surviving in the maze of a city must be extremely low.” ― Haruki Murakami, B...
Haruki Murakami, The Art of Fiction No. 182
The author at his jazz club, Peter Cat, in 1978. Haruki Murakami is not only arguably the most experimental Japanese novelist to have been translated into English, he is also the most popular, with sales in the millions worldwide. His greatest novels inhabit the liminal zone between realism...
Quote of the Day
In everybody’s life there is a point of no return. And in a very few cases, a point where you can’t go forward anymore. And when we reach that point, all we can do is quietly accept the fact. That’s how we survive. – Haruki Murakami
What It's Like Adapting Haruki Murakami's Surreal Fiction
An experimental performance visualizes the Japanese novelist's magical world IRL.
Steven Yeun Makes His Leading-Man Korean Film Debut in Burning
Lee Chang-dong’s moody mystery is based on a Haruki Murakami short story.
Everyone has a Wishlist and this is mine! A wishlist of Books...
Everyone has wishlist! Some wishlists contain laptops, some mobiles, some camera, some travel destinations, but this one of mine contains BOOKS...
Haruki Murakami’s Advice to Young Writers
In the essay “So What Shall I Write About?” from Monkey Business magazine, Haruki Murakami gives readers a glimpse into his creative process and how to become a novelist.
Archeologist Spends Over 35 Years Building Enormous Scale Model of Ancient Rome
This sprawling 1:250 scale model displays the glory of ancient Rome.
English Weirdness-episode #1
A fun exploration of the strange and irregular side of #English #grammar presented by an English teacher from Vancouver, Canada. www.teacherpaulsclassroom.com