March 12, 2006

The Spellbinding Narrative
Gilberto Perez reviews Colin McGinn’s The Power of Movies in a recent posting by The Nation. He writes: “He pushes the analogy to the limit, where the images on the screen lose all bodily mooring and become sheer figments of our Colin McGinnimagination, indistinguishable from the images we dream. No one else has held so single-mindedly to the notion that film is a medium of mind. Some may argue that, unlike dreams, films seem real…” Aren’t all narratives imagined, non-real, images of images in our mind, existing in the real world only as light pulses in reality and then as neural pulses in our minds? Find out more information about McGinn (pictured on the left).

The postmodern moralistThe Purpose of Writing
“[David Foster] Wallace emloys a largely molral vocabulary to dismiss such older American novelists as Norman Mailer and Philip roth as ‘Great Male Narcissits.” For him, Updike is ‘both chronicler and voice of probably the single most self-absorbed generation since Lousi XIV.” That’s a summation of Wallace’s new work, Consider the Lobster, by Pankaj Mishra for the New York Times Book Review. (Illustration by Andre Carrilho.) More about Wallace.

New Genre for Writers—A Dead End?
In her book The Dead Beat, Marilyn Johnson argues that writing an obituary is the new literary form, a “tight little coil of biography” that “contains the most creative journalism.” New twist on the old beat. For more read Jane and Michael Stern’s article in the New York Times Book Review. More about obits.

SAm the ManTroublesome Beckett Enlivened
“Sam the Man [Samuel Beckett] is the subject of endless myuth, disquisition, hearsay, reverence, mystification, and bloated anecdote.” That is how Edna O’Brien starts her essay about the famed writer and playwright for The Guardian. Find out more about Beckett.


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