A Polyphonic Spree: Notes on Milan Kundera’s The Art of the Novel

I have always been obsessed with Milan Kundera, and wanted to figure out why, so I grabbed his book The Art of the Novel, and sat down to take notes. What follows is my account of his account of why he writes the kind of books that he does. ONE: The Depreciated Legacy of Cervantes In 1935 the philosopher Edmund Husserl …

Football & the Death of the Hero in “56-0” by TC Boyle

Smart lad, to slip betimes away From fields where glory does not stay, And early though the laurel grows It withers quicker than the rose. —“To An Athlete Dying Young” (A.E. Housman) Robert Downey Junior’s character Derek Lutz (in Rodney Dangerfield’s Back to School (1986)) may well have been poaching, with tongue-in-cheek, from Don DeLillo’s End Zone when he quipped …

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