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Loving Gorey, Trashing Ulysses

August 7, 2012 | by

  • Eve Bowen on the enduring cult of Edward Gorey.
  • We love Bookdrum’s interactive maps of the real locations featured in famous novels.
  • On his tumblr Newcover, graphic designer Matt Roeser gives books the covers he thinks they should have.
  • At the Atlantic, a discussion of what grown-ups can learn from kids’ books.
  • Paolo Coelho made waves when he told a Brazilian newspaper, “One of the books that caused great harm was James Joyce’s Ulysses, which is pure style. There is nothing there. Stripped down, Ulysses is a twit.”
  • Should you happen to disagree, here is a free audiobook of the modernist classic.
  • Joshua Cohen, a visiting scribe at the Jewish Book Council, talks the art and business of writing with Justin Taylor.
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    1. Joe Carlson | August 7, 2012 at 9:41 am

      Joyce is a genius. Coelho is the twit. And John Simon has a review of Bowker’s new biography:

    2. Robert Paglia | August 7, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      I had never read Coehlo, but I checked out the previews on Amazon. His work has “Oprah’s Book Club” written all over it. They read like sappy New Age drivel. No wonder he disdains Joyce!

    3. Lorin Stein | August 7, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      Is it possible that Coelho means “a tweet”?

    4. GZ | August 7, 2012 at 3:50 pm

      I don’t think Joyce needs defenders. It has become an offense not to proclaim his brilliance – let alone dismiss him. Genius is a word which ends all lines of inquiry – it can turn love of literature into dogmatism.

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