Category Archives: Literature

Video Lecture: "Harold Bloom: Criticism and Self-Influence"

Harold Bloom is one of the preminent living literary critics. He’s the Sterling Professor of the Humanities at Yale and a former Charles Eliot Norton Professor at Harvard. He’s written over thirty books (which I won’t list for obvious reasons) and he’s the recipient of many awards and honory degrees (which I also won’t list for obvious reasons).

Here is an excellent video lecture series called “Criticism and Self-influence.” ┬áThe series focuses on:

his readings of Whitman in his first lecture and of Shakespeare in his second, these lectures are contributions to Bloom’s intellectual biography. They will give a sense of how Harold Bloom reads, what stirs his mind, what he looks for, and what he projects on a text. With so impressive a list of works to his credit, Bloom will assess not only his impact on the world of literary criticism, but also his vision as a man of letters who has taught us how to think about that one subject that will always challenge our ability to think:

Harold Bloom: Criticism and Self-Influence from The Graduate Center, CUNY on

Harold Bloom: Criticism and Self-Influence, Part 2 from The Graduate Center, CUNY on

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New Book (Cover): The Garden of Eden, by Ernest Hemingway

I hadn’t even heard of this novel until a few months ago. This is an unfinished, and consequently controversial novel by Hemingway; however, from the reviews I’ve read, it’s quite good.

New Book (Cover): The Sirens of Titan, by Kurt Vonnegut

Yes, I know. I’ve never read it. But now I’ve got the book, so I can, and I’m looking forward to it!

Also posted in Science Fiction

New Book (Cover): The Marriage Plot, by Jeffrey Euginides

Here’s another one for reading grop. I’ve heard that this book is a good, fast read.

Also posted in New Book

New Book (Cover): Too Much Happiness, by Alice Munro

Here’s another one for reading group. I’ve never heard of Alice Munro (nor have I done any research on her). So this ought to be a plunge.

Also posted in New Book