Archive for Franz Kafka

Flannery O’Connor Hates You

Posted in Observation, Pretensions toward cultural theory with tags , , , , , , on March 20, 2021 by Jarrod Boyle

I’d never read Flannery O’Connor until lockdown. I’d seen her listed as one of the outstanding writers of the twentieth century, specifically in terms of her short stories. I had time on my hands, so I bought her collected works.

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A Review of a Book I Have Only Half-Finished

Posted in Reading with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 11, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle


Haruki Murikami’s Dance Dance Dance has one of the best first pages I have read, but I’m still going to give it away.

The novel opens as follows: Continue reading

Considering the Lobster

Posted in Reading with tags , , , , , , on April 26, 2011 by Jarrod Boyle

“David Foster Wallace is sui generis on a stick.”

–  Robert McCrum, Observer

“He’s so modern he’s in a different time-space continuum from the rest of us. Goddamn him.”

 – Zadie Smith

David Foster Wallace’s essay on Franz Kafka entitled, ‘Some Remarks on Kafka’s Funniness from Which Probably Not Enough Has Been Removed’, from the book Consider the Lobster is probably the best thing I have read all year. Continue reading

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