October 29, 2013

The Twenty-Year Rule

By Amit Majmudar

  Just as there is a sharp division between a 19th century Yeats (the “Celtic Twilight” material) and a deliberately developed, 20th century Yeats (the “Byzantine” Yeats of the more […]

October 7, 2013

A Note on Realism

By Amit Majmudar

  The realist novel, for reasons I’m still figuring out, gains in power from a certain excess and messiness. This is why Chekhov and Turgenev write excellent novels, but nothing […]

August 19, 2013

The Projection of Personality

By Amit Majmudar

The tightness or rightness of sentences, images, metaphors, the snapping-together of word and word, phrase and phrase—in other words, the stylistic elements writers spend years perfecting—are useless without the supreme […]

April 2, 2012

The Enduring Appeal of Jules Verne

By Amit Majmudar

If all Verne had done was predict the future, he would excite my admiration, not my love. How perspicacious the man was! Really ahead of his time! And that’s where […]