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"Tao Lin has not described malaise at all, he has only kitschified it." In a guest post, Thomas Bernhard reviews Tao Lin's Taipei.

Tao Lin: the Old Master

“Tao Lin has not described malaise at all, he has only kitschified it.” In a guest post, Thomas Bernhard reviews Tao Lin’s Taipei.

Jul, 05
Forgive if you will, but do not forget. Supreme Court aspirant Robert Bork on gun control, witchcraft, Snoop Doggy Dogg, and Usenet.

Robert Bork: In Memoriam

Forgive if you will, but do not forget. Supreme Court aspirant Robert Bork on gun control, witchcraft, Snoop Doggy Dogg, and Usenet.

Dec, 20
My picks of live albums that are either superior or substantively equal-but-different to their studio counterparts. A rare breed.

Top 20 Non-redundant Live Albums

My picks of live albums that are either superior or substantively equal-but-different to their studio counterparts. A rare breed.

Sep, 04
My most vivid memory of Vidal is him hilariously trashing Henry Miller's Sexus–but really trashing the man, his work, and his very existence.

Gore Vidal on Henry Miller

My most vivid memory of Vidal is him hilariously trashing Henry Miller’s Sexus–but really trashing the man, his work, and his very existence.

Aug, 03

Jacob Burckhardt on Amateurism

When it comes to scholarship and criticism, I prefer Jacob Burckhardt’s amateur/specialist dichotomy to Isaiah Berlin’s fox and hedgehog: The word ‘amateur’ owes its evil reputation to the arts. An artist must be a master […]

Jul, 13

Novalis: Monologue

The excellent piece on Novalis in this week’s TLS quoted a bit of his brilliant Monolog, and it’s short enough I figured I’d just post the whole thing here: Speaking and writing is a crazy […]

Jun, 19

The Turin Horse

BERNHARD: Because everything’s in ruins. Everything’s been degraded, but I could say that they’ve ruined and degraded everything. Because this is not some kind of cataclysm, coming about with so-called innocent human aid. On the […]

Jun, 19

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