Best of On the Web: Number 2

June 15, 2007

Here’s a selection of the latest and greatest items I’ve encountered while foraging about in the world wide web:

  • Sadly, the graveyard where Shelley and Keats rest is in disrepair and may have to close.
  • Litlove finished reading Philp Roth’s The Human Stain last week, and now I feel a strong desire to read it myself — what a review!
  • more thought-provoking reviews from the blogosphere: Bookstorm reconsiders his initial reaction to Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose.
  • Lionel Trilling on the little magazine: “They are snickered at and snubbed, sometimes deservedly, and no one would venture to say in a precise way just what effect they have . . . except that they keep a countercurrent moving which perhaps no one will be fully aware of until it ceases to move.” Here’s a list featuring ten of the best.
  • This June we celebrate the 40th anniversary of one of modernity’s greatest novels, One Hundred Years of Solitude. Ilan Stavans considers its influence and legacy in the Chronicle:

In my 40s, I’ve returned to García Márquez’s masterpiece. Now it seems to me that, like Cervantes’s Don Quixote, it decodes the DNA of Hispanic civilization. It’s a “total” novel, designed by a demiurge capable of creating a universe as comprehensive as ours. One Hundred Years of Solitude has done something astonishing: It has survived, accumulating disparate, at times conflicting, rereadings. Isn’t that what a classic is, a mirror in which readers see what they are looking for?



  1. Thanks for the Acephalous links — the vocabulary one was great.

  2. Here to make the same comment as Dorothy — wow that was something. I’m glad it all blew over and we got that great letter out of it.

  3. […] of On the Web: Number 3 It’s been even longer than I thought (two months!) since the last time I did this, so I’ll keep it short, recent and […]

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