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 …


A Retort to Yeats

Pegeen Mike O’Flaherty, a character in my work-in-progress, The Death of the Author, is a famous Canadian novelist who was a feminist poet in the late 1960s. Here is her retort to W.B. Yeats’ “Leda and the Swan” (click on the embedded picture below to get a much larger view):


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