Archive for the ‘ephemeron’ Category
It’s only Monday, but I’m already super-fired-up about this Saturday: June 16 — Bloomsday!
I love how the young girl riding a tourist bus on the current “Summer Fiction Issue” of The New Yorker is very clearly reading J. D. Salinger. Here’s the cover:
It’s a little small, and it’s better if you see a copy of the magazine, but it’s clear the designer used one of the white Bantam Salinger’s as a model. Here’s the Salinger in question (although to be technical, from the looks of it, the book is probably Nine Stories):
Two troubling things about this brief piece from Fox News: What’s on the 2008 Candidates’ Night Stands
First of all, there’s no excuse for this kind of editorializing:
Barack Obama recently finished “Gilead,” a novel about an old man’s words to his 7-year-old son. The man, in Gilead, Iowa, believes he’s on the verge of death and wants his son to know him later in life. Obama, a child of divorce, barely knew his own father.
Second, I object to the suggestion that reading material is kept “on the nightstand,” meaning that reading is only something one does at the end of the day, after all the important stuff — just something to occupy the few minutes before lying down and falling asleep. This has nothing to do with Faux News, but it’s such a common conception that we simply must fight it at all times.
Technically, the best aspect of The Recognitions is Gaddis’ uncanny ear for human speech. His dialog is among the best — I’m tempted to say the best — I’ve ever encountered.
Part of the reason it’s so good is that he uses the dash method of quotation, just like Joyce. I think this style accurately captures the fragmented nature of most actual speech, and is especially good at indicating interruptions and short exchanges.
The reason I’m posting this is I’m hoping that you, oh-so-well-read book-blogging reader, can name a few works of English fiction that use this style. Off the top of my head I can only think of Joyce and Alan Paton’s Cry the Beloved Country, besides Gaddis.
A little help?