Tag Archives: Novels

Some books aren’t for reading

Reading this year is going well. The latest book was Stephen J. Burn’s Infinite Jest: A Readers Guide. A slightly unusual choice, perhaps. It is, after all, a book about a book and therefore operates in some sort of generic inter-zone; … Continue reading

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The ‘Unfallable Encyclicling’ of James Joyce

Written between the years 1914 and 1922, Ulysses is an encyclopaedia stored up against the possible destruction of Western civilisation by world war. It is designed, as Joyce explained, to contain “a picture” of Dublin so complete that if the … Continue reading

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Infinite Jest, Part 2

In 1985, author Neil Postman wrote Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Showbusiness, a book which “is about the possibility that Huxley, not Orwell, was right”, that it is the former author’s Brave New World, not the … Continue reading

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