Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Robert J. Wickenheiser & Terrance Lindall: The Milton Projects

This new book presents an informative (and remarkably candid) look at the world of big collectors, big galleries, and big commissions.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Fantasy Worlds

This Fall, I am teaching a course in fantasy literature, film and art.  The texts for the course include the International Authors Fantasy Words anthology, Dover's oversize Rime of the Ancient Mariner (with the Doré illustrations), and Philip K. Dick's UBIK.  Among the films we will view are Ulysses, Excalibur, The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus, Young Goodman Brown, Metropolis, Fantastic Planet, Allegro Non Troppo, and possibly an episode or two of The Prisoner.

from Fantastic Planet

Saturday, August 11, 2018


In the on-line  Merriam-Webster, "pataphysics" is defined as "intricate and whimsical nonsense intended as a parody of science."  Looking around the internet, I discovered the term was coined by French writer Alfred Jarry.  Here are a few links treating the word:

The Guardian
3:AM Magazine
Le Collège de ’Pataphysique

I was moved to read about the term because there is a journal called Pataphysics that will soon publish selections form Michael Butterworth's forthcoming book My Servant the Wind.  There will also be selections from Mr. Butterworth's new book in the upcoming volume of Emanations.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Monday, August 6, 2018

Professor Hodges Waxes Poetic Over His Bad Case of Writer's Block

I may be over-stating the case using an image of Roddy McDowell starring as the arch super-villain Bookworm (form the TV show Batman) as a means to call peoples' attention to Professor Hodges' on-going bad case of writer's block, but keep in mind that Bookworm was a frustrated novelist.  Then reflect on the fact that Professor Hodges' has now written THREE poems about the condition.   I'd frame this with more clever comparisons, but I can't think of anything more to put down here.  Therefore, please click the following links:

"Writer's Block Re-View"

"Writer's Block 2"

"Writer's Block 3"

"Writer's Block 4: Windfall"

Sunday, August 5, 2018

an essay on artifice

But of course there is more...   Please click HERE.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

"Dystopian Realities: Cities and Slums"

Photo by Vitasta Raina

Please click HERE for a challenging essay by Vitasta Raina.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Professor Hodges on Writer's Block, the novella and the syndrome

In his blog today Professor Hodges has posted a poem he wrote about experiencing writer's block while he was writing a review of Vitasta Raina's novella, Writer's Block.

Please click HERE for the new poem.

Please click HERE to read the review, which is the first review listed (scroll down about half way).