Log: Additions and Changes 2003

December 31, 2003: Small Press SpotlightHippocampus PressThe Modern Word kicks off a new feature by taking a close look at Hippocampus Press, a New York publisher devoted to H.P. Lovecraft and classic pulp fiction.

December 21, 2003: New SiteDas SchlossThe Modern Word’s Franz Kafka site opens its doors – on the longest night of the year, of course....

December 13, 2003: Book ReviewA Whistling WomanC.J. Sullivan-Reynolds looks at A.S. Byatt’s quartet of “Frederica” novels, recently concluded with A Whistling Woman.

December 4, 2003: Porta Ludovica (Eco) – Writings – Link added to Eco’s November 1, 2003 speech at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

December 3, 2003: The Scriptorium – William Gaddis – In the essay “Recognizing Recognition,” Garrett Rowlan speculates on the nature of Gaddis’ idea of recognition, and what it implies for Wyatt’s art.

November 20, 2003: Porta Ludovica (Eco) – Reviews – A look at “Mystery of the Abbey,” a board game inspired by Eco’s The Name of the Rose.

November 18, 2003: Macondo (García Márquez) – Special Features – Newly added: “On Translation and García Márquez,” a speech delivered by Edith Grossman at the 2003 PEN García Márquez tribute.

November 18, 2003: Book ReviewBlanketsIsmo Santala reviews Craig Thompson’s coming-of-age “illustrated novel.”

November 15, 2003: Book ReviewThe Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric & Discredited DiseasesAndrew Duncan falls victim to this Borgesian rash of imaginary maladies.

November 14, 2003: The Modern Word – Ariadne’s Thread – Six new sites added to The Modern Word’s Links page.

October 30, 2003: The Modern Word – Spiral-Bound #12 – A new issue of The Modern Word’s newsletter has been posted.

October 30, 2003: Contest #2AdaptationA new contest! Write a movie review of a fictional “adaptation” of your favorite book into film.

October 30, 2003: Book Review98.6/1998.6Bob Williams looks at Ronald Sukenick’s book of dystopia/utopia and Matthew Roberson’s rewrite.

October 23, 2003: The Brazen Head (Joyce) – Papers – New paper added: Jeff Mathewes’ “Joyce Lost in Opryland,” which compares the structural and aesthetic affinities between the “Wandering Rocks” episode of Ulysses and Robert Altman’s 1975 film Nashville.

October 22, 2003: The Garden of Forking Paths (Borges) – Special Features – Newly added: a short essay on Oscar Wilde from 1925, previously available only in Spanish. Translated by Suzanne Jill Levine, this essay is an “outtake” from the Viking/Penguin Selected Non-Fictions.

October 20, 2003: The Scriptorium – The entire Scriptorium has been revised. All listed authors now have a “link” page to serve as a placeholder.

October 17, 2003: Spermatikos Logos (Pynchon) – Papers – New addition: James R. Wallen’s “The Absurdist Heroine: A Wildean Critique of Pynchon’s Uncertain Aesthetic.”

October 16, 2003: Spermatikos Logos (Pynchon) – Links – Three new links added.

October 15, 2003: Spermatikos Logos (Pynchon) – Film & TV – Two new additions to the Pynchon on TV section: Futurama and The Simpsons.

October 9, 2003: Book ReviewShroudTim Conley reviews John Banville’s latest novel.

October 9, 2003: The Scriptorium – Jeff Noon – The Noon section is expanded by the addition of Noon Works, a page offering commentary for all his novels.

September 25, 2003: InterviewMichael SwanwickIsmo Santala interviews science fiction writer Michael Swanwick.

August 18, 2003: The Modern Word – Spiral-Bound #11 – A new issue of The Modern Word’s newsletter has been posted!

August 18, 2003: The Modern Word – Contest #1 – The results of the Imaginary Book Review contest have been posted.

August 13, 2003: Book ReviewCity of Saints and MadmenAllen B. Ruch on Jeff VanderMeer’s collection of Ambergris stories, including the World Fantasy Award winning novella, The Transformation of Martin Lake.

August 13, 2003: Book ReviewAnd the Ass Saw the AngelLJ Lindhurst reviews Nick Cave’s debut novel of madness and religious hypocrisy; reprinted this year from Rollin’s 2.13.61.

July 15 2003: The Brazen Head (Joyce) – Joyce Influence – The entire section has been revised and updated, with a new section added: “Joycean Fictions,” detailing fiction inspired by Joyce or with Joyce as a character.

June 12, 2003: Book ReviewJoyces MistakesThe Brazen Head reviews Tim Conley’s exploration of literary error and misreading.

July 11 2003: The Brazen Head (Joyce) – Joyce Criticism – The entire section has been extensively revised and updated, with numerous additions and new commentary.

June 30, 2003: The Brazen Head (Joyce) – JoyceWorks – The entire section has been revised and updated. Each of Joyce’s major works now has its own page, with commentary, advice for the first-time reader, and a list of suggested resources.

June 16, 2003: The Modern Word – Spiral-Bound #10 – A new issue of The Modern Word’s newsletter has been posted!

June 13, 2003: The Brazen Head (Joyce) – Film – The entire section has been revised and updated, with a new page on Sean Walsh’s cinematic adaptation of Ulysses, bl,.m.

June 12, 2003: Book ReviewGilligan’s WakeRichard Romeo on Tom Carson’s surreal story of seven castaways before a certain fateful trip....

June 10, 2003: The Scriptorium – William Gaddis – The Gaddis section is expanded by the addition of Gaddis Works, a page offering commentary for all his novels.

June 3, 2003: Apmonia (Beckett) – Film: “Slow Angle Walk (Beckett Walk)” – New page featuring Bruce Nauman’s 1969 video piece.

June 1, 2003: Bronze by Gold (Joyce & Music) – John Cage – The John Cage section has been updated, with a new feature on Cage’s radio play, Marcel Duchamp, James Joyce, Eric Satie: An Alphabet.

May 28, 2003: Spermatikos Logos (Pynchon) -- Papers -- Links to two new papers: Miriam Hardin's "Absurd America in the Novels of Vonnegut, Pynchon and Boyle;" and Volker Hummel's "Television and Literature: David Foster Wallace's Concept of Image-Fiction, Don DeLillo's White Noise and Thomas Pynchon's Vineland."

May 20, 2003: Interview/Book Review -- Jim Knipfel & The Buzzing -- Laurence Daw interviews Jim Knipfel, author of The Buzzing.

May 9, 2003: Book Review -- The Point of Return -- Blair Mahoney looks at Siddhartha Deb's debut novel about migration, home, and memory.

May 2, 2003: Garden of Forking Paths (Borges) -- Influence: Jeff VanderMeer -- New entry on American science fiction and fantasy writer Jeff VanderMeer.

May 1, 2003: Apmonia (Beckett) -- Film: "What Where" -- Review of Damien O'Donnell's What Where, featuring Sean McGinley and Gary Lewis. Part of the "Beckett on Film" project.

April 30, 2003: The Modern Word -- Spiral-Bound #9 -- A new issue of The Modern Word's newsletter has been posted!

April 28, 2003: Book Review -- Lucky Wander Boy -- Andrew Duncan reviews D. B. Weiss' arcade of forking paths.

April 23, 2003: Apmonia (Beckett) -- Film: "Not I" -- Review of Neil Jordan's Not I, featuring Julianne Moore as Mouth, part of the "Beckett on Film" project.

April 22, 2003: Book Review -- Cosmopolis -- Laurence Daw reviews DeLillo's latest novel.

April 20, 2003: Apmonia (Beckett) -- Film: "Peephole Art" -- Review of Peephole Art, including television productions of Not I, Quad I & II, and What Where.

April 9, 2003: Book Review -- Translated Accounts-- Tim Conley examines James Kelman's collection of garbled, Beckett-like accounts from "an occupied territory or land where a form of martial law appears in operation."

April 9, 2003: Book Review -- Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick-- Richard Ryan appraises Pantheon's collection of PKD stories, including "The Minority Report" and "We Can Remember it for You Wholesale."

April 8, 2003: The Brazen Head (Joyce) -- Papers -- New paper added: Faith Steinberg's "'The Sisters'" and the Case of the Broken Chalice."

April 7, 2003: Apmonia (Beckett) -- Work -- Commentary added for What Where.

March 31, 2003: The Scriptorium -- Philip K. Dick -- The Philip K. Dick page has been updated and revised to include commentary on novels, films, and criticism. The Dick Scriptorium page will be fleshed out in the coming year, eventually being recast as a major Libyrinth site in 2004.

March 26, 2003: Book Review -- The Feast of the Goat-- Dave Klopfenstein reviews Mario Vargas Llosa's study in tyranny.

March 24, 2003: Book Review -- Agapé Agape-- Rob Jackson takes an in-depth look at William Gaddis' last novel, published posthumously in October 2002.

March 22, 2003: Apmonia (Beckett) -- Influence -- New Section! Details writers influenced by Samuel Beckett.

March 21, 2003: Book Review -- The House on Eccles Road -- Judith Kitchen's modern retelling of Ulysses is reviewed by Bob Williams and poet Suzanne Nixon.

March 21, 2003: Garden of Forking Paths (Borges) -- Papers -- New paper added: Davin O'Dwyer's "Searching for Cyberspace: Joyce, Borges and Pynchon."

March 20, 2003: Garden of Forking Paths (Borges) -- Papers -- New essay added: Timothy McGrath's "Fact or Fiction? Historical Narratives in Borges."

March 13, 2003: Apmonia (Beckett) -- Works -- Commentary added for Watt.

March 13, 2003: The Modern Word -- Spiral-Bound #8 -- A new issue of The Modern Word's newsletter has been posted!

March 10, 2003: Book Review -- The Autograph Man -- Zadie Smith's second novel is reviewed.

March 8, 2003: Apmonia (Beckett) -- Criticism -- Entire section updated and reorganized, with over a dozen new additions.

March 3, 2003: Apmonia (Beckett) -- Film: "Ohio Impromptu" -- Review of Ohio Impromptu, featuring Jeremy Irons as Reader and Listener, part of the Beckett on Film project.

March 3, 2003: Apmonia (Beckett) -- Film -- New section opens: Beckett on Film!

March 2, 2003: Apmonia (Beckett) -- Works -- Commentary added for Ohio Impromptu.

February 20, 2003: The Brazen Head (Joyce) -- Audio -- The entire section has been updated and revised.

February 18, 2003: Book Review -- The Cave -- José Saramago's latest novel is reviewed.

February 14, 2003: Macondo (García Márquez) -- Biography -- Gabo's biographical sketch has been revised and brought up to date.

February 13, 2003: Macondo (García Márquez) -- Criticism -- New addition: Oxford's One Hundred Years of Solitude: A Casebook.

February 6, 2003: Book Review -- The Avant-Garde and American Postmodernity -- A review of Philip Nel's study of Dr. Seuss, Don DeLillo, Donald Barthelme, Laurie Anderson and others.

February 2, 2003: Macondo (García Márquez) -- Works -- The entire "Gabo Works" section has been extensively revised; new books, images, reviews and commentary have been added.

January 29, 2003: Garden of Forking Paths (Borges) -- Works -- The entire "Borges Works" section has been extensively revised; new books, images, reviews and commentary have been added.

January 28, 2003: Garden of Forking Paths (Borges) -- Interviews -- This new section links to various interviews with Borges.

January 26, 2003: Porta Ludovica (Eco) -- Music -- The page for Robert Wilson's The Days Before has been updated with new materials, images and reviews.

January 26, 2003: Spermatikos Logos (Pynchon) -- Criticism -- Commentary added for J. Kerry Grant's A Companion to V.

January 25, 2003: Macondo (García Márquez) -- Criticism -- The entire section has been updated, reorganized, and revamped.

January 23, 2003: The Modern Word -- Spiral-Bound #7 -- A new issue of The Modern Word's newsletter has been posted!

January 22, 2003: The Brazen Head (Joyce) -- Communities -- A new Yahoo Group has been added -- "prankquean: swimmin the wake," dedicated to reading Finnegans Wake one page a day.

January 16, 2003: Bronze by Gold (Joyce & Music) -- FOOTNOTE -- Page added for Gheorghi Arnaoudov's FOOTNOTE, a quasi-Wagnerian setting of Joyce's poem, "A Prayer." Includes a link to the complete MP3.

January 15, 2003: The Scriptorium -- Kobo Abé -- New paper: Michaela Grey's "Free From The Crime of Being Ridiculous: Transcending Shame in Kobo Abé's The Face of Another"

January 10, 2003: Porta Ludovica (Eco) -- Papers -- Newly added: Gary Radford's "Beware of the Fallout: Umberto Eco and the Making of the Model Reader."

January 10, 2003: Book Review -- Without Covers -- A review of Without Covers: Literary Magazines at the Digital Edge.

January 8, 2003: The Scriptorium -- Anthony Burgess -- Newly reviewed: Roger Lewis' Anthony Burgess: A Life.

January 6, 2003: Porta Ludovica (Eco) -- Criticism -- Newly reviewed: Gary Radford's On Eco, an introduction to Eco's theories of semiotics.

January 2, 2003: Spermatikos Logos (Pynchon) -- Works -- Commentary (finally!) added for Vineland.


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