Quote of the Day

I admire Joyce immensely, of course; I’ve written a good deal about him. But he has the true Jesuitical mind – as he himself noted – plotting, calculating, outlining, dissecting: In Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Stephen experiences the “seven deadly sins” in a programmatic way, for instance; once one knows the key, the story seems willed, artificial, slightly tainted by the author’s intention. It’s ideal fiction for teaching, however.

— Joyce Carol Oates, on James Joyce (From Fighting Words: Writers Lambast Other Writers)

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Kevin Holtsberry

I work in communications and public affairs. I try to squeeze in as much reading as I can while still spending time with my wife and two kids (and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Michigan Wolverines during football season – oh, and watching golf too).

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