Archive for the ‘on-the-web’ Category


Best of On the Web: Number 3

August 14, 2007

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 Potter-free.

  • I am planning on letting my subscription to the New Yorker expire, since most of their content is online, but the news that James Wood will be joining the staff is forcing me to reconsider.
  • I’m not very good at finding veiled sex in older novels, so the Little Professor’s “Handy-Dandy Guide to Code Words” in Victorian fiction is most helpful.
  • Best. Post. Ever. from The Existence Machine
  • If you’re wondering what postmodernism is, you could do worse than read litlove’s fantastic answer to the question: What is Postmodernism?
  • I agree with the judgment of this “classic review” of To Kill a Mockingbird which appeared in the Atlantic in 1960.
  • From Larval Subjects, a deep and thought provoking post on existing.
  • And finally, the god-awful results of the 2007 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest are in. Here’s my favorite:

The poetry teacher’s bullet-riddled body lay sprawled on the veranda floor like a patient etherized upon a table.


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?


Best of On the Web: Number 1

June 3, 2007

This is the first of what I hope to make a regular feature: short list drawing attention to the best things I read on the interweb this past week. Shall we begin?

  • The best thing I read this past week was this review, from the London Review of Books, on the problems of consciousness. Adam Roberts summarizes and responds on The Valve.