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Recent Additions

November 06, 2011: Porta Ludovica (Eco) Erik Ketzan interviews Richard Dixon, translator of Eco’s new novel, The Cemetery of Prague.

October 11, 2009: Das Schloss (Kafka) – Features – An adaptation of Kafka’s short story “A Little Fable” by the comic book artist Vincent Stall.

June 22, 2009: Spermatikos Logos (Pynchon) Guides a page added for Pynchon's upcoming novel, Inherent Vice.

June 2, 2009: Scriptorium Added a brief page by Erik Ketzan on the great Neil Gaiman.

May 13, 2009 Some librarians still wander the endless labyrinth of The Modern Word... A couple of tiny cleanup updates. More on the way! And if you have some content to contribute, please contact us.

June 20, 2007: Scriptorium – Primo Levi – Primo Levi page updated with new links, and a full Works section has been added.

June 11, 2007: Columns – Jungle Mind – Michael Cisco reflects on Rosamel de Valle’s recently-translated surrealist story of love and confusion.

June 9, 2007: Apmonia (Beckett) – Papers – Two new papers: Hillary LaMont’s “Schopenhauer Meets Beckett’s Leading Men: The Will-Less Aspect as Performed by Queer Sexuality and Involuntary Memory,” and Mark Daniel Cohen’s “The Century of Beckett.”

June 8, 2007: Macondo (García Márquez) – Images – New photos of Gabriel García Márquez added, as well as offsite links to Gabo-related art and photography.

June 7, 2007: Macondo (García Márquez) – Film – Entry added on Mike Newell’s upcoming film of Love in the Time of Cholera.

June 6, 2007: Spermatikos Logos (Pynchon) – News – Listen to A Screaming Come Across the Sky, a 6-minute, award-winning orchestral work by David Heuser based on the first line of Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow.

February 21, 2007: Book Review – Frost – Michael Cisco reviews Thomas Bernhard’s first novel.

December 20, 2006: Book Review – H.P. Lovecraft: Against the World, Against Life – Horror novelist Michael Cisco discusses Michel Houellebecq’s take on Lovecraft.

December 19, 2006: Spermatikos Logos (Pynchon) – Guides – Over a dozen new reviews and blogs added to the Against the Day page.

December 14, 2006: The Brazen Head (Joyce) – Joyce Essay Contest – Open to high school students world-wide, the top prize is a $1500 scholarship.

December 8, 2006: Spermatikos Logos (Pynchon) – Links – Nine new Pynchon links added.

December 7, 2006: Spermatikos Logos (Pynchon) – Guides – A page for Against the Day has been added, offering links to dozens of resources, reviews, and articles pertaining to Pynchon’s new novel.

December 6, 2006: Spermatikos Logos (Pynchon) – Essays – Three new pieces by Pynchon added: his introduction to Orwell’s 1984, program notes for The Daily Show’s tenth anniversary concert, and a letter defending writer Ian McEwan.

December 5, 2006: The Modern Word – The Fictional Woods – Come discuss Joyce, Pynchon, and the rest of our featured writers at The Modern Word’s new forum, The Fictional Woods.

December 1, 2006: Spermatikos Logos (Pynchon) – Mason & Dixon: Three Pages a Day – Toby Levy of the Pynchon List spent nine months making a close reading of Mason & Dixon. The result is a 95-page document that examines the book page by page, offering plot summaries, definitions for arcane vocabulary words, useful Web links, and more.

November 20, 2006: Book Review – Against the Day – One-quarter of the way in, Allen Ruch gives his first impressions of Thomas Pynchon’s sprawling epic.

November 18, 2006: Spermatikos Logos (Pynchon) – Essays – “The Boys” by Thomas Pynchon. Another short piece from Pynchon’s high school newspaper.

November 17, 2006: Spermatikos Logos (Pynchon) – Essays – “Voice of the Hamster,” by Thomas Pynchon. A fiction serialized in four issues of Pynchon’s high school newspaper, the Oyster Bay High School Purple and Gold, in 1952-53, begun when Pynchon was only 15 years old.

November 16, 2006: Spermatikos Logos (Pynchon) – Papers – “On Comparing Apples and Oranges: James Joyce and Thomas Pynchon” an essay by Sara Solberg on the difficulties of comparing two Modern Word masters.

November 15, 2006: Spermatikos Logos (Pynchon) – Interviews – The Modern Word interviews Zak Smith, artist of Gravity’s Rainbow Illustrated: One Picture for Every Page.

November 2, 2006: Spermatikos Logos (Pynchon) – Papers – “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Luddite,” an essay by Rodney Gibbs on Pynchon’s aborted sci-fi musical, Minstral Island.

October 25, 2006: Spermatikos Logos (Pynchon) – Papers – “Rocketmen and Wastelands,” an essay by Marshall Shord which was awarded the prestigious Sophie Kerr Prize, the nation’s largest undergraduate literary prize.

October 23, 2006: Spermatikos Logos (Pynchon) – Features – The Kenosha Kid, a novellete by Forbes Parkhill. The full text of a forgotten pulp western story from 1931 that may have inspired the mysterious “Kenosha Kid” drug sequence in Gravity’s Rainbow.

October 23, 2006: Book Review – The Road – Benjamin Whitmer reviews Cormac McCarthy’s desolate masterpiece.

October 23, 2006: Book Review – Oulipo Compendium – Paul Kane reviews Atlas Press’ collection of writings by the Oulipo literary movement.

October 23, 2006: Spermatikos Logos (Pynchon) – Features – Counting down to Against the Day with a month of Pynchon updates.

October 20, 2006: The Modern Word – Ariadne’s Thread – Over a half-dozen new literary links added: LitPAC.org, Centipede Press, Kül blog, Freebird Books, The Ledge, Like Water Burning, and The Complete Review.

October 16, 2006: Spermatikos Logos (Pynchon) – Links – Over a dozen new Pynchon links!

October 13, 2006: Columns – Jungle Mind – Michael Cisco looks at modern fantasy in an American age of mass-market media.

October 13, 2006: Porta Ludovica (Eco) – Interviews – Gaither Stewart discusses The Name of the Rose, libraries, and the nature of power with Umberto Eco in 2001.

October 12, 2006: Scriptorium – Kobo Abé – Michaela Grey’s paper, Hell of Loneliness: The Subversion of the Epistemological Quest in Abé Kobo’s Woman in the Dunes finds optimism amidst the bleakness of Abé’s linguistic and social sand pits. (PDF)

October 12, 2006: Scriptorium – Primo Levi – Nicoletta Pireddu’s paper, "Towards a poet(h)ics of techne. Primo Levi and Daniele Del Giudice" explores the union of poiesis, poetics, and ethics in technology. (PDF)

October 12, 2006: Scriptorium – Angela Carter – Nicoletta Pireddu’s paper, "CaRterbury Tales: Romances of Disenchantment in Geoffrey Chaucer and Angela Carter" attempts to reconcile romance with Carter's postmodernism. (PDF)

October 12, 2006: Scriptorium – Georges Perec – Caitlin Pantos’ paper, “Eternal Tableaux; Space, Time and Georges Perec” deals with Perec’s manipulation of space and time to serve a unique and characteristic narrative purpose. (PDF)

October 11, 2006: The Brazen Head (Joyce) – Papers – Four new papers added: “Seeing Cezanne Through Joyce’s Eyes,” “The ‘Uncrowned Kings’ in ‘Ivy Day in the Committee Room’,” “Joyce’s Ulysses, A Schopenhauerian and Freudian Reading,” and “Profound Silence.”

October 10, 2006: Apmonia (Beckett) – Papers – Leigh Harbin’s “Beckett’s Comic Silence in the Plays of Harold Pinter and Tom Stoppard.” (PDF)

October 9, 2006: Garden of Forking Paths (Borges) – Papers – Abhishek Agrawal’s “Una exploración del infinito” (Spanish only. PDF)

May 16, 2006: Columns – Joyous Anarchy – Emmet Cole interviews Robert Majzels, author of Apikoros Sleuth, a murder mystery in the form of a Talmudic inquiry.

May 13, 2006: Book Review – New Impressions of Africa – Paul Kane reviews the bilingual edition of Raymond Roussel's strangest work.

January 8, 2006: Book Review – Pictures of Girls – A review by Laurence Daw of a new volume of artwork by Zak Smith, the artist behind the insanely ambitious Illustrations for Each Page of Gravity's Rainbow.

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