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Crowdsourced Books, Twenties Muses, the World’s Worst Word

April 25, 2012 | by

  • Reckless, glamorous It Girls of the Jazz Age.
  • The strange tale of Bram Stoker.
  • For the first time since 1945, there will be a new German edition of Mein Kampf.
  • Perhaps inevitably, a crowdsourced book written by the Internet.
  • This Philip Larkin tribute was fantastic.
  • The people have spoken, and they loathe the word moist.


    1. Joe Carlson | April 25, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      James Joyce was highly skeptical of the psychoanalytical hubbub in the 1920’s. In a 6/24/21 letter Joyce labels Freud the “Viennese Tweedledee” and Jung the “Swiss Tweedledum” both of whom amuse themselves “at the expense (in every sense of the word) of ladies and gentlemen troubled with bees in their bonnets.”

      But he dearly loved his daughter and after trying various treatments for her severe mental disease put her in Jung’s care. Joyce argued with Jung and defended Lucia’s schizophrenic writings as artistic experimentation, as he himself was doing with FINNEGANS WAKE. Jung responded, “Mr. Joyce you and your daughter are like two people heading to the bottom of a river but you are diving and she is falling.”

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