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The Books: Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays, ‘Joyce in Bloom’, by Christopher Hitchens

On the essays shelf: Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays Hitchens’ article, “Joyce in Bloom,” appeared in the June, 2004 issue of Vanity Fair. June, of course, is Bloomsday Month, an event I celebrate every year on my site … Continue reading

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The Books: Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays, ‘Scoop’, by Christopher Hitchens

On the essays shelf: Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays It is because of Hitchens’ writing that I read Scoop, by Evelyn Waugh, thereby closing an unforgivable gap in my reading history. How could it be I had never … Continue reading

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The Books: Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays, ‘The Old Man’, by Christopher Hitchens

On the essays shelf: Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays Isaac Deutscher wrote a three-volume biography of Leon Trotsky (which I have not read: I mean, life is short, you know? I’m sure it’s amazing). Deutscher’s history is an … Continue reading

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The Books: Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays, ‘A Man of Permanent Contradictions’, by Christopher Hitchens

On the essays shelf: Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays Time to move on from Mark Twain! It is with regret that I say Farewell! But we’re moving into another favorite of mine, Christopher Hitchens, a guy I miss … Continue reading

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The Books: The Complete Essays of Mark Twain, ‘Down the Rhône’

On the essays shelf: The Complete Essays Of Mark Twain I’m not sure when this essay was published, or if it was. It recalls a boat-trip that Mark Twain took “down the Rhône” in 1891. He had been going strong … Continue reading

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The Books: The Complete Essays of Mark Twain, ‘A Memorable Assassination’

On the essays shelf: The Complete Essays Of Mark Twain Mark Twain was in Austria in 1898. He wrote an incredible piece about a rowdy and disturbing meeting of the Parliament, called “Stirring Times in Austria” (excerpt here). As a … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to Sylvia Beach, the “Midwife of Modernism”

Sylvia Beach is one of my heroes due to her influential bookshop in Paris (Shakespeare & Co.), and her nurturing of the writers of that time. You know, minor writers like James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, and Gertrude Stein. When nobody … Continue reading

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The Books: The Complete Essays of Mark Twain, ‘The Turning Point of My Life’

On the essays shelf: The Complete Essays Of Mark Twain In Mark Twain’s long Socratic dialogue essay “What Is Man?” (excerpt here), he states the theory (over and over again) that everything in man can be connected to outside influences, … Continue reading

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The Books: The Complete Essays of Mark Twain, ‘Is Shakespeare Dead?’

On the essays shelf: The Complete Essays Of Mark Twain Whatever you may think of the Shakespeare author controversy, it sure is interesting. I don’t follow along with all the scholarship (that would be a full-time job and I am … Continue reading

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The Books: The Complete Essays of Mark Twain, ‘What Is Man?’

On the essays shelf: The Complete Essays Of Mark Twain Mark Twain felt that this long essay was so potentially explosive, and so potentially upsetting to the audience that loved him, that he printed it privately in 1905, in a … Continue reading

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