Sunday, July 8, 2012

More on James Joyce

One of my favorite writers at "New Yorker" magazine, Louis Menand, pens an interesting article on James Joyce. Like others I've read lately, Menand thinks the new Gordon Bowker biography of Joyce, while taking advantage of recent scholarship, is inferior to Richard Ellman's.

5 comments:

Steve said...

After reading this article, I think Louis Menand just became my favorite New Yorker magazine writer...

supergee said...

I've been a Menand fan for years. The Metaphysical Club, his history of the Pragmatists, is fascinating, and I almost always enjoy his reviews. He doesn’t like Richard Condon, but nobody’s perfect.

Eric Wagner said...

I enjoyed this article, but I disagree with the line, "Joyce didn't think that art was a substitute for religion, or that it had spiritual sources or powers." I think Jim made some comments about the Wake that suggest otherwise.

PQ said...

Great piece. Nice to see JJ get some good coverage in mainstream rags.

And I agree with Eric, the Wake made comments about ITSELF that suggest otherwise.

(Ulysses can also be seen as a kind of religious text with all its black mass enactments strewn throughout.)

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