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Joyce and his mechanical muse

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Further thoughts on the medium as message

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Is it true the bourgeoisie had more fun?

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Poetry isn’t what it used to be, but then it never was

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Photographers and seventeenth-century Dutch painters demonstrate the fine art of just looking

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Why proverbs are better than aphorisms

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Please welcome my next idea

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The first four volumes in the Library of America are designed to sit on your bookshelf forever

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Contempt causes insanity

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The guru of aesthetic realism

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From Lower Bellowvia

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Leopold Bloom with a Ph.D.

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The bard of Newark’s department stores

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The ideal tree, and how to count it

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The astute eye of Guy Davenport

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