Category Archives: Musings

Musings about literature and literature-related things.

How to Check Out an E-Book

So I looooooove to check out e-books from my library: instant access, it returns itself, and you never get hit […]

The Joy of E-Booking

I hear a lot of people saying all sorts of things about e-books, and often find myself sitting on my […]

Specific Dream Rabbit

From P. G. Wodehouse’s The Code of the Woosters: Jeeves, you really are a specific dream rabbit! As spoken by […]

Dear John

I just read in the Berkeley English department newsletter that John Bishop, my former professor, retired late last year on […]

Hot Tub Abyss

On the death of Literature, as we know it: Nude in Your Hot Tub, Facing the Abyss.

On Real Poetry

From Fujiwara Teika’s Superior Poems of Our Time (early 13th century): The students of the art among the younger generation today […]

Aesthetics of the Toilet

From Jun’ichirō Tanizaki’s In Praise of Shadows (1933): Every time I am shown to an old, dimly lit, and, I would […]

What a Whale Is

I’ve started (finally!) reading Moby Dick. The book begins with a series of quotes having to do with whales (including […]

1919, 2019…

I’m currently reading Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson (great so far!), and I came across this passage I thought I’d […]

Le Farce d’Arthur, Part VI

At the point in the book I’ve reached, the plot has shifted to the quest for the Sangreal, which, interesting […]