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All the Old Posts: An Index of Blog Entries from Weeks 64-94

[ Edited ] are the titles and first sentences from the blog entries from weeks 64-94.  Click on the title to see that week's blog and discussion:


Week 64:Really--Does Art Change Anything at All?

I’ve been wondering if today’s literature is politically useful.


Week 65: Most Personal Dump Ever

Time for a totally personal blog


Week 66: Lionel Trilling and Choosing to Reject Yourself 

The writer Lionel Trilling tried to doubt his passions.


Week 67: George Carlin, Whoopi Goldberg, and "Nig*er"

The comedian George Carlin is a literary guy in a way. 


Week 68: Samuel Butler and How I Learned to Exit the Shower Without a Glass of Wine

Lately I’ve been reading the novelist Samuel Butler’s notebooks (he lived from 1835–1902 and was a satirist and a failed painter; he wrote The Way of All Flesh). 


Week 69: John Updike, and I Hate Having my Photo Taken

Looking for a blog topic today I ran into John Updike’s face.


Week 70: Coincidence Exists!

Perhaps because the world is chaotic these days (with war and economic meltdown and intense political polarization), a lot of people are trying to see a hidden order behind things.


 Week 71: Hemingway's Muscle in Obama and McCain 

Barack Obama and John McCain claim to share a literary passion. 


 Week 72: History is Written By Catchy Friendships 

It’s amazing how some tight cliques become the famous people.



Week 73: Writing in Your Diary Might Save Your Life

A lot of you probably keep diaries. 


 Week 74: A Jungian-Inspired Personality Test: Are you a Cooperator or a Re-inventor? 

Carl Jung claimed you could divide human personalities into the “sensing” and the “intuiting” types.


Week 75: History's Heroes Were Insane 

Many of the people who changed the course of history were crazy.



Week 76: If This is a Great Depression, What Good are Books? 

We might be entering another Great Depression.



Week 77: To Anorexics and Overingulgers: Indulge Here. Art.

The holidays are coming, so why not talk about eating.


Week 78: Dostoevsky and Masochism

Dostoevsky’s Notes From Underground is a dark, short novel--and its opening paragraph gives a neat glimpse of masochism.


Week 79: New Year's Resolution 

I’ve always loved New Year’s resolutions—probably because I like discipline so much.


Week 80: William Faulkner and the Loneliness of Language 

Words are tools we use to describe the world.


Week 81: Edgar Allen Poe and How to Kick a Table to the Best Dramatic Effect

When I got in a fight with a friend the other day, it taught me something about what makes good fiction.


Week 82: Stanley Fish, Obama, and What Use are Books?

Literary theorist Stanley Fish writes a column for The New York Times in which he loves to stir controversy.



Week 83: Edgar Allan Poe Turns 200 and Gives the Finger to Science 

January 19 would have been Edgar Allen Poe’s 200th birthday.



Week 84: Darwin, Lincoln, and the Art of Finding a Good Example 

Darwin and Lincoln faced big tasks in changing history, Adam Gopnik writes in his new book, Angels and Ages: A Short Book about Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life.



Week 85: Diana Athill Tells Us How To Die 

Diana Athill, 91, an editor who’s worked with Philip Roth, Norman Mailer, John Updike, Anthony Burgess, Margaret Atwood, Simone de Beauvoir, Jean Rhys, V.S. Naipaul, and others, has just published a memoir about what it’s like to die.



Week 86: Gregoire Bouillier; And I Am Sometimes Ridiculously Queasy When Seeing Blood 

Last night, at the peak of some fun, my friend—telling a story loudly and laughing—banged her head into the bureau.



Week 87: Liberals Like Abstract Art. Republicans like Realism. True or False?

Whether you like realistic or abstract art might tell us something about your political allegiances.



Week 88: Forget the Past, and Maybe You'll Escape the Great Depression 

Narratives have a pull.




Week 89: If You Don't Marry, You Might Get Famous 

Many famous writers fought hard for their solitude and never married.



Week 90: Franz Kafka Was Stingy with Self

Getting good at one thing can mean cutting down on the variety of things you do.




 Week 91: Loving the Dirt in Shakespeare and Deadwood

I’m addicted to Deadwood, David Milch’s HBO series that was cancelled after three seasons (it ran from 2004-2007).





Week 92: The Loneliness of a Writer at a Window 

I’m lonely and low on energy.





Week 93: HBO's "In Treatment" and the Literary Art of Parataxis 

A man kissed a girl.  The next day he went on a diet.
Week 94: Sylvia Plath Killed Herself. Her Sone Reacted. Sometimes we deal with heavy emotion by focusing on one rational thing.
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