Time’s Flow Stemmed is a notebook of sorts about the books that I read. In fiction I have a proclivity for novels that engage with modernism, often in translation. My nonfictional reading covers literary criticism, philosophy, critical theory, and sociology, with an aesthetic compulsion that lures me to artist’s (including photographer’s) monographs.
There are writers that I read toward completion.My inventory of favourite writers is recast as I discover new authors and outgrow others.
Today, this is my inventory: Theodor W. Adorno, Dante Alighieri, J. G. Ballard, Roland Barthes, Simone de Beauvoir, Samuel Beckett, Jane Bennett, John Berger, Jorge Luis Borges, Pierre Bourdieu, Roberto Calasso, Anne Carson, Hélène Cixous, J. M. Coetzee, Teju Cole, Simon Critchley, Mahmoud Darwish, Roger Deakin, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Marguerite Duras, Geoff Dyer, T. S. Eliot, Patrick Leigh Fermor, Gustave Flaubert, Peter Handke, A. M. Homes, Elfriede Jelinek, Gabriel Josipovici, James Joyce, Franz Kafka, Hugh Kenner, Søren Kierkegaard, László Krasznahorkai, Clarice Lispector, Vladimir Nabokov, Friedrich Nietzsche, Cynthia Ozick, Edgar Allan Poe, Richard Powers, Marcel Proust, Rainer Maria Rilke, José Saramago, Jean-Paul Sartre, Christine Schutt, W. G. Sebald, Susan Sontag, Stendhal, Robert Walser, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Virginia Woolf, Kate Zambreno.
Though this blog is mostly concerned with literature, occasionally writing about other passions such as film, music, travel and the visual arts, is unavoidable. This blog, like many blogs, is a reflection of myself.
Contributions on Other Sites
A conversation with David Winters at 3:AM magazine (February 2012): ‘Modernism Then and Now’.
The purpose of Time’s Flow Stemmed is to participate in a conversation about literature, philosophy and critical theory. I am always thrilled to have the opportunity to converse in comments to individual posts or on Twitter, LibraryThing and last.fm. Or feel free to send me an email at timesflowstemmed AT gmail DOT com.
I have accepted a couple of publisher-provided books before and can’t say I like the pressure (admittedly self-imposed) to read and review them. It is rare that I find enough reading time, and I want to be able to drift from book to book as the mood grabs me. I admire any author able to write a whole book and wish them all success.