Month: December 2012

If God Were Alive Today

I believe I first learned of Kurt Vonnegut’s last novel from a Rolling Stone interview published a year or so before he died. The interview didn’t say much about the book, simply giving the title and the fact that he

How the Hobbit movie failed

The Hobbit is my favourite book, so I was distressed to see the failure of the movie adaptation. Many critics have given their opinions why the film is a disappointment, but I believe we need to go back to the

Flaubert and his antique smut

Happy Birthday (a few days late) to Gustave Flaubert, who is best known for his masterpiece Madame Bovary. Flaubert was born 12 December 1821 in Rouen and spent five years writing his book, which was published in 1856. The narrative

Idiot American schools ban classic novels

It’s true. If you don’t believe me, just check the UK’s 157 year-old Telegraph, a venerable and highly-respected conservative newspaper. In an article entitled ‘Catcher in the Rye dropped from US school curriculum’ it states: American literature classics are to

Happy Independence Day, Finland!

In honour of Finnish independence, I decided to recommend some excellent Finnish literature. According to Google Analytics, only about half of my visitors are from Finland, so I suspect many people may not know much about Finland’s love affair with