Archive for October, 2012

Blog #74: A Poem About Philip Larkin

TweetAccording to popular wisdom, poems should be allowed to speak for themselves. All the same, I want to preface this one by saying that I am a big Philip Larkin fan, and in most moods I don’t think of his poetry as unduly dark. Toad Trashing The light’s gone out in Larkin. With all his [...]

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Blog #73: Edmund Gosse’s Influence on Vivian Gornick and Alexander Waugh

TweetIn preparation for San Antonio, I am trying to find evidence of Edmund Gosse’s influence on subsequent writers of father books. Literary influence is remarkably hard to prove, yet I have already found two smoking guns, and interesting circumstantial evidence may also incriminate Henry James, not to mention Virginia Woolf The first clear evidence of [...]

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Blog #72: The Patremoir Leads Me to the Dogmoir

TweetDoggone it, now there are even dogmoirs! Talk about punctured pretensions—my pride in my patremoir and matremoir coinages is severely deflated. When Saralee Perel sent me a note mentioning the dogmoir genre, I couldn’t believe there would be such a thing. Google, of course, quickly proved her right. In fact, the dogmoir word has a [...]

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Blog #71:From Stegner and Eastend to San Antonio and My Patremoir Talk Proposal

TweetSadly, no more Stegner for at least a month. From Eastend, Saskatchewan, I am now moving on to San Antonio, Texas, which is perhaps not as big a jump as it sounds given the influence of the big American cattle companies on the early development of Eastend. Parts of the country may also be similar, [...]

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