Fontaines DC Skinty Via album review: An underwhelming return

Photo: Polocho | Fontaines DC Ireland’s Fontaines DC are among the recent wave of bands (including IDLES, black midi, and Sleaford Mods) from across the Atlantic who have embraced the punk and post-punk roots of their home countries, only to discover as much, if not more, of an audience for it Stateside. Proudly patriotic and … Read more

Why Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha appeals even 100 years later

In 1922, as Europe and America were picking themselves up from the rubble of the Great War, the literary muses decided to bestow their bounty on a generation of readers living during the high noon of modernism. In February that year, on 2.2.22 to be precise, Irish writer James Joyce’s iconic novel Ulysses was published … Read more

State Library of Victoria owns one of the rare signed copies of Ulysses

There is a notorious book in Victoria’s State Library that is so rare it is worth more than a house. Key points: The early 20th-century book was banned in some countries because it was considered obscene The State Library owns one of just 100 signed first editions Pirated copies are also on display as part … Read more

Happy Birthday to James Joyce’s Ulysses, the Dirtiest Book of All

Dr. Bill Nolte and I have something in common. Neither of us has read Dear Martin, a widely praised YA novel by Nic Stone. This did not stop Nolte, in his capacity as school superintendent of Haywood County, North Carolina, from yanking Dear Martin from a 10th-grade class curriculum after one parent complained. That’s right, … Read more

A new exhibition collects maps from ‘The Lord of the Rings’, ‘Game of Thrones’ and other fictional worlds

Even writers who create artful fictional landscapes sometimes need directions. So much is clear in “Mapping fiction, ”A new exhibit at the Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens in California that explores how writers and cartographers have mapped amazing worlds both as and in contrast to our own. The show coincides with the centenary … Read more