James Joyce and others

May 10, 2011

Yet again, I am trying to read Ulysses. I am past chapter 3, and have finally met Bloom. David Auerbach’s post at Waggish today links to this useful chart.

Over at The Valve, Bill Benzon mentions Gregory Jusdanis’ post at his Stanford blog Arcade, who praises the work of   Nurdan Gürbilek, “Turkey’s foremost literary and cultural critic”. Years ago, I had to read Jusdanis for a class on language and nationalism. The book by Gyrbilek has just been published by ZED Books. (The UK edition has a slightly different title).  In a related post, at Cambridge Forecast, is a look at Pamuk and the concept of huzun as “the melancholy of Istanbul”. Elif Batuman is skeptical.

Both Benzon and Jusdanis want to see culture as something more than just a superstructure determined by economics. I am not opposed to the idea, but think that instances of that are rare, perhaps much more rare today than in the era of Romantic nationalism and philhellenism Jusdanis so often revisits.

Eric Hazan, recently deceased Marxist academic, author of a new book about Paris is interviewed by The Guardian’s Stuart Jeffries.

R.I.P.  Joanna Russ.

An interview with John Berger in The Guardian. Berger’s new book is heavy on Spinoza. It’s also nice to see him comparing Woodie Guthry and Andrei PLatonov.

Domenico Losurdo’s new history of liberalism looks promising.

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