Inspired by the attention surrounding J.D. Salinger’s lawsuit to block an unauthorized sequel to The Catcher in the Rye, Patrick Brown at Vroman’s has put together an impressive, involved post cataloging and discussing literary remixes.
In 2004, much of the literary world celebrated the hundredth anniversary of Bloomsday, aka the setting of James Joyce’sUlysses. This year, we’re celebrating the hundredth anniversary of Dubliners, which our own Mark O’Connellonce described as “a collection which writers of the short story form seem basically resigned to never surpassing.” At The Paris Review Daily, Skippy Dies author Paul Murraywrites about his history with the book. You could also try to pass our eccentric James Joyce quiz.
"I’ve always been interested in the internal shape-changes of the poem. In my student days, it was common to assume that the poem makes a statement — that it’s protesting war, or is grieving a death. My teachers, on the whole, didn’t see a poem as an evolving thing that might be saying something completely new at the end because it had changed its mind from whatever it had proposed at the beginning." An interview with Harvard's Helen Vendler about the structure of poetry, the benefits of studying science and mathematics, and the "miraculous" voices of Shakespeare and Keats.
Chances are that your mental image of Pavlov is that of a man giving commands to a barking dog. However, as a new biography makes clear, the doctor who brought us his very own adjective has a far more complicated legacy. In The New Yorker, Michael Specterwrites about the man behind the bell.
"The Chinese people are on high alert that criticism of the government, independent thinking, and challenges to official narratives are dangerous." PEN Americahas published "Writing on the Wall," a report about the disappearance, late last year, of five Hong Kong booksellers. Only four of the five men have been released from Chinese custody.