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Being-in-the-Ocean: Moby Dick, Spatiality and Unheimlichkeit

October 21st, 2008 · 1 Comment

In this essay I will advance an interpretation of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick based on the work of the Weimar-era philosopher Martin Heidegger. I have no compunctions about taking such an approach. It is unlikely one can say anything completely new about Moby Dick, much less some of the other texts I examine herein (such […]

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January 23rd, 2008 · 1 Comment

Charles Bukowski recently released (posthumously, that is), a new book of poetry entitled The Pleasures of the Damned. It was poorly reviewed by somebody named David L. Ulin in the Los Angeles Times (Nov. 25, 2007). Mr. Ulin states, “it’s impossible not to ask some hard questions about his status and whether it is deserved. […]

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The Phenomenological Proust

December 24th, 2006 · No Comments

What is the world’s most boring novel? Easy! It’s Swann’s Way, the first volume of Remembrance of Things Past, by Marcel Proust. The main reason why is, nothing happens. The narrator (Proust) waits for his mother to kiss him goodnight. Everybody sits around waiting for dinner at the Verdurins. It’s raining, so the narrator (Proust, […]

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Dostoyevsky and Miracles

September 18th, 2006 · No Comments

Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov unquestionably is one of the greatest novels of Western literature. I would not rank it as “the” greatest, as some do, because that spot is reserved for James Joyce’s Ulysses. Even so, I probably have read it a dozen times since first coming across it in high school. It’s one […]

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