Frequently Asked Questions
The following questions are some of the more common things visitors ask about Apmonia. If you'd like to know more about TheModernWord.com and the Libyrinth, feel free to visit the Site Information page, accessible from the button in the upper right corner.
Who runs this site?
This site is maintained by two collaborators: Tim Conley and Allen Ruch. Tim Conley is the site editor; he is the author of most of the information about Beckett located on Apmonia, and has provided much of the guidance on the individual "look and feel" of its various sections. He also makes sure the content stays current, and is the one who can best answer any questions pertaining to Beckett or his work. Allen Ruch -- or "The Great Quail," as he inexplicably calls his online persona -- is the Editorial Director of The Modern Word's Libyrinth, to which Apmonia belongs. He is responsible for laying out and maintaining the technical side of the site, though he is also a contributing author as well.
So who wrote which sections?
At the bottom of each page you'll see a "sig file," or names and a date. If a page was written solely by Tim or Allen, his name alone will grace the page. If it is a collaboration, both names will appear, with the principal writer listed first. On pages with several individually-written pieces, the author will be marked as (TC) or (ABR).
Do you answer all your email?
Yes. We try to answer all of the letters that people send us; but it usually takes a few days. Don't let this discourage you from dropping us a note; we place a tremendous value on feedback of any sort, especially corrections, suggestions, and shameless flattery. Just understand that it may take a bit of time for us to reply. If it is very important and/or time sensitive, such as a request for permission to use Apmonia materials for an upcoming project, or a request to mail us a large contribution of chocolate or money, please write IMPORTANT in capital letters in the subject line. We will try to get to it immediately.
Do you accept submissions?
Absolutely! Apmonia is meant to be a community effort, and we gladly accept quality submissions such as reviews, papers, essays, or Beckett-related projects. Just send us an email.
How do I cite this Web site on a report?
That may very well depend on your instructor. Usually it is appropriate to give the site name -- Apmonia -- with the URL, a date, and our names -- Tim Conley & Allen B. Ruch. You may want to cite an individual page, in which case the URL is appropriate.
Can you offer me help on a school project or a research paper?
We often get asked to provide facts, ideas, topics, and other assistance on a research papers, and occasionally someone asks if we can email them some additional material on Beckett. As much as we would like to, we simply do not have the time to offer individualized help on research papers. All the information we have we eventually place online at an appropriate location, and we try to feature various books of criticism and links to other sites that may be of assistance to students.
Can you send me extra criticism or information about Beckett or his work?
No -- quite simply, because if you don't see it on the site, we don't have it. We put everything we can online; sometimes it may take awhile, but it'll get there.
Boy, you guys sound grumpy. Do you ever answer any questions?
Sure! As a matter of fact, we enjoy some of the more offbeat questions. We just won't answer the kind of questions that can very easily be answered by the site itself, or a nearby encyclopedia. (Like when people ask, "Was Molloy written in English or French?" or something like that.) Again, we're not trying to be rude, we just need to conserve our time.
I am an artist, composer, playwright, filmmaker, etc., and I'd like to contact the Beckett estate about issues regarding rights and permissions. Do you have their address?
Yes. You may write to the Beckett Estate at this address:
The Estate of Samuel Beckett
c/o Curtis Brown
London SW1Y 4SP England
The links on your pages sure do have long, funny names! Are those quotes from Beckett's works?
Yes. One of the joys of creating this site is finding quotes that set off its different subsections -- We try to select quotes with a certain degree of appropriateness or irony; but occasionally we just choose one because we like the sound of it.
Who does the graphics?
With the exception of the buttons and general framework, The Quail does all the banner images -- except, of course, for the untouched photographs and any pictures of bookcovers and such. They are generally created using Adobe Photoshop and a Macintosh computer, after lots and lots of coffee and strange music.