When Jean-Paul Sartre Cured Existential Angst with a Jazz Record – By Ted...

  A Look Back at Sartre's Nausea   Philosophers can be incisive storytellers—and have been since the earliest days of the discipline. The most memorable passages in...

Andrew Lang, The Master of Fairyland

  By Kenny Chumbley In the late 19th century, fairy tales had fallen out of favor with the general public; some educationalists even attacked them as...

H. Rider Haggard: Northern Lights and Valkyries

  By Kenny Chumbley   Before Indiana Jones, there was Allan Quatermain; before The Last Jedi, there was King Solomon’s Mines;and before the 1958 swashbuckler, The Vikings,...

The Eight Memes of the Postmodern Mystery – By Ted Gioia

  What do postmodern writers have against the mystery novel?  For reasons that perhaps only a Lacan or Derrida could deconstruct, they have turned to it again...

Charles Kingsley : “Tomfoolery with a Serious Purpose”

  By Kenny Chumbley   No one familiar with Victorian literature would rate Charles Kingsley’s books among the very best except, maybe, his children’s fantasy, The Water-Babies. Charles Kingsley...

J. M. Barrie and The Pan

  By Kenny Chumbley   “You see, Wendy, when the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all...

George MacDonald and Fantasy – By Kenny Chumbley

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Lewis Carroll and Nonsense – By Kenny Chumbley

                       “It sounds uncommon nonsense.” The Mock Turtle      Among the storied authors of children’s...

Beginning and the end of the Novel – By Milorad Pavić

Borges was eager to see the faces of his first hundred readers. My eagerness is different. Are we all standing before a challenge to...

How the Yugoslav Wars Shaped a Generation of Writers – By Lidija Dimkovska

“What was happening in Croatia and more generally throughout Yugoslavia was discussed at the university, often in connection with soldiers from the Yugoslav National...
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