Volley and Thunder 2011

To your right (if you are viewing the standard edition of Time’s Flow Stemmed) is my blogroll, an old (by web standards) custom whereby a blogger recommends other blogs. I read each of the blogs in my sidebar, often intermediated by the incomparable Reeder. I follow many others, but those in my sidebar I follow diligently to participate in a conversation.

I fail to comment as much as I’d like, but I love them all dearly for what they provide, whether  cultural curation, writing about books that thrilled or might thrill me, or challenging the way I look at literature, and indirectly at life.

Very occasionally I remove a link, not because I’ve fallen out with a blogger, but because I find myself skipping their posts; our literary or musical or cultural pathways have diverged too far. It isn’t personal, and I am probably following them less directly (on Twitter or WordPress for instance).

In each case, I recommend you investigate what these blogs have to offer. To ease that exploration I provide below three links to content I have enjoyed at each blog over this last year. Each of these posts provoked an action (usually a book purchase) or  offered me a fresh perspective.

3:AM Magazine | Buzzwords
Danny Byrne’s review of Coetzee’s Scenes from a Provincial Life
David Winter’s interview with Lars Iyer (Spurious)
Darran Anderson’s Guillaume Apollinaire, Copywriter of the New

A Piece of Monologue
On Geoff Dyer’s Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room
Is Modernism Boring?
The Samuel Beckett Leather Portfolio

ABC of Reading
The Preparation of the Novel: Roland Barthes
A Perfect Book Section
Another Model Book Section: the best and

Richard Beard: Lazarus is Dead
John Burnside: A Summer of Drowning
Margaret Drabble: A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman

Being in Lieu
It can do no other
Only in opera buffa can I be moved to tears
I see shades of blue everywhere

The Missing of the Somme by Geoff Dyer
Is she gonna put sugar on my tongue?
Mary by Vladimir Nabokov

Reading The Tree of Life
Under the Volcano — Malcolm Lowry
Why I Abandoned Chad Harbach’s Over-Hyped Novel The Art of Fielding After Only 100 Pages

Book Me…
Julian Maclaren-Ross: A Bloomsbury flaneur and colossus of freelance literature
Charles Bukowski: A scuzzy rhymester with some dirty stories
T.S. Eliot: Some infinitely gentle and infinitely suffering thing

Caravana De Recuerdos
Doctor Faustus
Tu rostro mañana. 3 Veneno y sombra y adiós
Borges oral

Danny Byrne Blog
Journey by Moonlight, by Antal Szerb
Zone, by Mathias Enard
Ferdydurke by Witold Gombrowicz

Evening all Afternoon
Paris France
La force de l’âge
Disgust Bibliography/Reading List

christa wolf, what she means to me
canetti, celan &c
why am i not a good critic?

Hungry Like the Wolf
The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow
Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut

in lieu of a field guide
Manual of Painting and Calligraphy (José Saramago)
The Silent Angel (Heinrich Böll)
A cosmogony of Javier Marías’s major fiction

wherein bellow is compared to spinoza but not joyce
Embers by Sándor Márai
the best opening line in cormac mccarthy

kiss a cloud
Among Flowers
The sound that cradled my childhood
The Little Disturbances of Man

Known Unknowns
Best Literature in Translation 2011
Book Review: Visitation
Three Paths to the Lake By Ingeborg Bachmann

Letters from a Librarian [not very active but inspirational nevertheless]
The Aching Place

Love Dog
Behind This Scene
I am the writing on the wall

Magnificent Octopus
Despair, disillusionment, hell, reality
The girl who ate what was given her
How Fiction Works

Nonsuch Book
my life in france by julia child with alex prud’homme
the art of the novella reading challenge 5/42: the awakening by kate chopin
what ever happened to modernism? by gabriel josipovici

Literary Criticism and Theory of Criticism

Obooki’s Obloquy
No More Non-Fiction For Me
Obooki’s Theoretical Latin-American Readalong
Emile Zola’s Lust For Life

Houellebecq Project Completed
my new life as a flashlight
an unexpected disagreement

Beautiful Days
César Aira: The Fabulist Manifesto
Pourquoi Lire?

So Many Books
On Being Well Read
What Ever Happened to Modernism?
Reality Hunger

sub rosa
Maps of the Imagination: Peter Turchi
“I have nothing to say and I’m saying it”

The Complete Review
The Blind Rider by Juan Goytisolo
The Third Reich by Roberto Bolaño
The Map and the Territory by Michel Houellebecq

The Reading Experience
Internalization of Crisis
On Gass

This Space
“I am no longer capable of writing about”: The Letters of Samuel Beckett 1941-1956
To set the lost afire: The Roving Shadows by Pascal Quignard
Three steps not beyond: Peter Handke’s trilogy of thresholds

James Wood and W.G. Sebald
Walking Away from History
Inside László’s Whale

Paul Oskar Kristeller: Eight Philosophers of the Italian Renaissance
Rod Humble and the Marriage: Not Labels, Not Pointers, but Live Fragments
Birthday Notes on William Gass and The Tunnel

why not burn books?
sweet emptiness
paying for the lights of bohemia
everybody is writing a novel

Wuthering Expectations
Bolaño, Aira, and the Argentinean Literature of Doom
They are eaten alive – early Chekhov stories are like oysters
Pnin in the meantime had yielded to the satisfaction of a special Pninian craving – Nabokov’s temptations

20 thoughts on “Volley and Thunder 2011

  1. Hi Anthony, thank you for your kind endorsement. I’m unexpectedly pleased by such validation. I admire your blog, your writing and thinking, and so to have you single out a couple of my posts for praise is really the best New Year’s gift I could ask for. Thank you. Congratulations by the way on your 3AM award. I’m shuffling over there right now, and later in the week, I’ll return to take a closer look at all the posts you’ve highlighted above. Many cheers. Best, Kevin

  2. Thanks for including me in the list. I’ve been stalking some of these blogs for some time and there are new ones to visit. Congrats and cheers!

  3. After the holidays, I’m just catching up on posts. Thank you very much for the mention, I’m honored. And I cannot wait to explore the links you’ve provided for blogs that I don’t already know. Happy New Year to you, Anthony, and happy reading in 2012.

    • Happy new year, Michelle, may you read life-changing books in 2012. I’m delighted you are blogging again after your break, and look forward to following your women writers project.

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