16 June 2007

How to deconstruct almost anything

Filed under: literature — bookweevil @ 1:24 pm

This is actually the clearest explanation of deconstruction I’ve read. (Copy below.)



4 June 2007


Filed under: literature, poetry — bookweevil @ 3:09 pm

Percy Bysshe Shelley

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!’
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

3 May 2007

fantastic victoriana

Filed under: links, literature — bookweevil @ 7:30 pm

I forgot to mention earlier, when talking about Melmoth, that there’s a pretty fabulous site dedicated to Fantastic, Mysterious, and Adventurous Victoriana. The fact that it’s soon being published in book form is indicative of the level of work put in by the webmaster, Jess Nevins.

She certainly has a great deal of enthusiasm for Victorian authors. After a quick read of some of the stories of one of the featured authors – L.T. Meade – I’m inclined to rank her as competent storyteller, but not wildly exciting … but JN is a good deal more effusive.

Worth a look.

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