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.