Roddy Howland Jackson | Public Domain Review | 12th January 2022
T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land was once derided by a critic as a “pompous cross-word puzzle” but the connection between modernist poetry and the cryptic crossword — both of which flowered in the 1920s — was far stronger than a cheap jibe. Both could be said to provide "a uniquely vital opportunity for defamiliarising language" in order to reveal "portals into surprising realities" (3,630 words)
Martha C. Nussbaum | Liberties | 9th January 2022
Philosopher's take on the "disgust with the body, this anti-corporeal campaign" that is so deeply embedded in our culture and collective psyche. Although she ranges widely across the literary canon, it is Leopold Bloom from Joyce's Ulysses that offers a three-part alternative to this instinctive hatred of the flesh. Rather, approach the body with kindly empathy and, crucially, humour (6,143 words)
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