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Although I have done it all these thirty years or more, although I live my life surrounded by other people who are always doing it, still I think that there are few activities so worthy of inspection as the reading of novels.

Juan Gabriel Várgas

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posted morning of Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

Love it!
I didn't know you could sing too! But hey, where's your chin rest! You'll be great at our jams and meet a lot of other folks to sing and play with.
Super impressed.

posted evening of January 18th, 2008 by Mo Menzel

Thanks Mo! I'm looking forward to the February jam.

posted evening of January 18th, 2008 by Jeremy

Thanks for telling me about all this. I can see this keeps you busy.

posted afternoon of May 21st, 2008 by Bruce Kawin

Hi Bruce, glad you came by!

posted afternoon of May 21st, 2008 by Jeremy

I found your blog via Edge of the West, which I read regularly. I was intrigued by your comments there, because you are smart and funny, and because I am also from Modesto. (Modesto, California, that is.) Your blog is great! I'm happy I found it.

posted evening of June 15th, 2008 by rosmar

Thanks, Rosmar! Glad you came by. Do you still live in Modesto? I moved away many years ago but some of my family members (parents, aunt and uncle, grandmother) live there.

posted morning of June 16th, 2008 by Jeremy

Nope, I don't live there anymore. I moved to the Bay Area (Oakland, more specifically) to go to graduate school at UC Berkeley, and then 3 years ago got a job teaching in North Carolina, which is where I am now. But all of my family still lives in Modesto (or nearby, like Riverbank or Turlock).

posted evening of June 16th, 2008 by rosmar

heyy i was testing hacks and saw this hole so I suggest you fix it =)

posted evening of October 26th, 2008 by RedRum

Thanks dude.

posted evening of October 26th, 2008 by Jeremy

Hi Jeremy!

I dropped by while looking for some bibliography on Orhan Pamuk and I found the most thorough one. Thank you very much!

You have a very interesting blog indeed. I'm afraid mine is only an Italian-speaking one, but I'm linking yours anyway.

Happy New Year, by the way!

posted afternoon of December 29th, 2008 by Marina

Thanks, Marina, happy New Year to you! This year I am trying to learn Spanish, maybe next year I'll have a go at Italian!

posted afternoon of December 29th, 2008 by Jeremy

I just discovered your site yesterday (Bells of Rhymney). What a pleasure to "hear" people discussing books. I live in Southern California, so such talk is a treat for me. Since you're reading the "His Dark Materials," trilogy, go back to Milton. I just finished the edition of Paradise Lost for which Pullman wrote the commentary. Brilliant. What a ripping good yarn. God bless, M.

posted morning of January 28th, 2009 by Margaret Hildebrand

Glad to see you around, Maggie! Interesting -- I was just reading a note about how His Dark Materials is written with reference to Milton. Maybe I'll take a look at that soon; though I doubt whether Sylvia would be interested in it...

posted morning of January 28th, 2009 by Jeremy

Nice, may the light be with you

posted afternoon of February 23rd, 2009 by Axa

This is a good blog, find it very useful since I am currently preparing a thesis on English literature using My Name is Red. I have a question I'd like you to give opinion on: What do you think if I use the qualifications of "style & signature", "time", and "blindness & memory" as some kind of variables in order to determine the conflict within the book, seen from Butterfly, Stork, and Olive's point of view?

I'll soon start posting a blog, but until then, you can let me know your opinion on the question above to an e-mail address, Thank you for the respond.

posted morning of February 27th, 2009 by Handy

Hi Handy, sure, that seems like a good approach -- each of the illuminators certainly has a distinct voice and style. I don't remember noticing a difference in their approaches to time, blindness, and memory, but if you notice such a difference it would absolutely make a good basis for analyzing the novel.

posted morning of February 27th, 2009 by Jeremy


Great Page, dude!
I found it, while i was searching for Novalis-Stuff.
Great project with the translation!

Best wishes from Germany

posted evening of March 19th, 2009 by Benni

Vielen Dank, Benni!

posted morning of March 20th, 2009 by Jeremy

Hey, TMK, I finally found your blog. I left a msg. on that live journal site, because I was not sure, if it was you. You are not on TGW as much. Well, I'm glad I get to read your blog now.

posted afternoon of November 14th, 2009 by Nat

Hi Nat, glad you found it!

posted afternoon of November 14th, 2009 by Jeremy

Tu pagina es muy interesante, pienso mantener mi atención en ella!
saludos desde México

posted evening of November 19th, 2009 by clara

¡Gracias, Clara!

posted morning of November 20th, 2009 by Jeremy

I love it! I was hoping you can help me on my assignment. I am studying "The Black Book", and I'm kind of having trouble with figuring out exactly what the plot and theme of the story is. . .if you can help me with this, I would really really really appreciate it. Thanks.

posted evening of January 17th, 2010 by Mechelle

Hi Mechelle, well take a look at my posts on that book -- I hope you will find them useful. Good luck with the assignment!

posted evening of January 17th, 2010 by Jeremy

I did, and they are helping me alot, but I'm still unsure about the theme and plot.

posted evening of January 17th, 2010 by Mechelle

Hi, i have the honored to send you this message, let me introduce myself first. My name is Janar( It’s 贾娜尔 in chinese),i am a colleage studend from Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China~~ My major is comparative literature and world literature. I was attractted by Orhan Pamuk’s novel , and i decided to do some researches to him and his novel~~
By the way, i’m a kazak^^, and i focus on the clash of civilization in Orhan Pamuk’s novel, coz i have experience on this kinds of feeling.
I like to read ur blog, so i screwe up my courage to contact u~~ i hope we can mail each other and talk about the Orhan Pamuk’s novel~~
I’m looking forward to seeing you soon.

posted evening of February 27th, 2011 by Janar

Thanks Janar, it is good to hear from you.

posted morning of February 28th, 2011 by Jeremy

I stumbeled across your blog while looking up "who put the benzedrine in mrs. murphy's ovaltine" Roumer has it it's based on a true story Mrs Murphy being a landlady of a boarding house used by musicians. Anyhow that led me here and sometime later I find I'm still leafing trough your museings and enjoying it. So I just thought I should say Thanks from the west of Ireland.

posted morning of April 25th, 2011 by Fran Devenney

Hi Fran, thanks for the note! Whereabouts in western Ireland? I spent a little time around County Clare several years back, would go back there in a heartbeat.

posted morning of April 25th, 2011 by Jeremy

Hi Jeremy
We're in Leitrim not far from Carrick on Shannon. Music up here is mainly Irish Trad but we have a couple of great Bluegrass/Blues/old timey sessions I think you'd enjoy .

posted morning of April 26th, 2011 by Fran Devenney

Nice -- I remember going to an Irish traditional festival in Lisdoonvarna that was a lot of fun.

posted morning of April 26th, 2011 by Jer-o-me

nicely done, jeremy... i enjoyed it :)

posted evening of September third, 2011 by tony hunt

I admire & appreciate your work.. very serious, very educative.. thanx very much for the invitation

posted evening of September third, 2011 by Samira Naim Khoury

Hi Samira and Tony, glad to have you around!

posted evening of September third, 2011 by Jeremy

Picked up on your web site via Facebook, and am not surprised to see that you too are a fan of Kerouac, I read and reread his stuff all the time, except for "the Town and The Country" which I still haven't made it through. I love the rhythm of spontaneous associations and language riffs.
Cool site, man

posted evening of December third, 2011 by Ronnie Beck

Thanks, Ronnie -- nice to see you around here.

posted evening of December third, 2011 by Jeremy

Hi, do you know that, i'v just typed to check for domain available or not just for testing and found your page, 'n liked it.

posted evening of December 13th, 2011 by Vishal Bandre

Thanks, glad you like it.

posted morning of December 14th, 2011 by Jeremy

How have I not seen this page before? Oh well... You were better read than I when you came to my humble attempt at a high school English class 29 years ago... Brilliant work, as always... Though your fiddle is a delightful oddity...

posted morning of September 7th, 2013 by Mike Wollman

Hi Padre, nice to see you. Sort of a vanity press for myself...

posted morning of September 7th, 2013 by Jeremy

Your blog feels like home, like the blogs I knew before it all got so slick. Like disk jockeys before syndicated radio. Thanks for stopping by my site yesterday.

Are you often on the Potomac? I live within a mile of it, myself.

posted morning of April 27th, 2014 by Peter

Gosh, thanks! I'm flattered.

I live in NJ, occasionally make it down to DC.

posted afternoon of April 27th, 2014 by The Modesto Kid

I was looking for information about the Jessica Lange movie referred to in "Elizabeth Costello," and thanks to your post on the chapter, I found out what movie it was.

I've got a lot of post about Coetzee on my blog, and I'm currently teaching a seminar on "Elizabeth Costello" and it sources: Kafka's "Report to an Academy" and "Before the Law"; Tutuola's "Palm-Wine Drinkard"; Nagel's "What is it like to be a bat?"; the Rilke and Hughes poems discussed in chapter 4; Swift's "Modest Propoal"; West's "Very Rich Hours of Count von Stauffenberg" (of course); the Robert Duncan and Susan Mitchell poems referred to in chapter 7; the Hofmannsthal source for the postscript. I'm even having a colleague who is a "Ulysses" expert come in to talk about the connection to Molly Bloom. Anyway, thanks for the info about the Lange movie! (Which sounds terrible, actually; I watched the trailer and it looks really bad!)

posted morning of April 28th, 2014 by Andrew Shields

A friend's essay quoted Borges (copulation and mirrors) which brought me to Tlön from where I had to look up Quevedian, the word search of which pops you up at Google and provides a detailed, nuanced and coherent dialogue on Browne and Borges, enriching my day. Thank you!

posted evening of June 8th, 2014 by Grant

Hey, Jeremy! Procrastination got the best of me and I was looking for an English translation of the story we were supposed to read for my Spanish lit class (El Mono Que Quiso Ser Escritor Satírico), and I stumbled upon your site. I love it here (on the site), so I thought I'd let you know! :)

posted evening of February 9th, 2015 by Mykea

Well thanks very much! Glad you found it and that you are liking it. I have not been posting as much lately but I hope there is plenty in the archives to read.

posted morning of February 13th, 2015 by The Modesto Kid

Came across your site while searching for chords to Chad Mitchell Trio for "Tell Old Bill".

I'm glad I found the site.

posted evening of February 13th, 2015 by Ed Miller

Glad you did too. enjoy!

posted afternoon of February 14th, 2015 by The Modesto Kid

Hello! Congratulation for your website. I just wanted to share with you that I succesfully found out which painting Saramago is talking about in Chapter 1 of The Gospel. It's an incision by Albrecht Dürer, you can follow this link to see it.

I spent half an hour looking for it and you can't imagine how excited I was to find it just by writing some random keywords such as incision sun moon.

Maybe you can update your post so other English-speaking people can find the answer. I couldn't find it myself on English websites.

Best regards,


posted morning of April second, 2015 by Tommaso Querini

Excellent! thanks so much.

posted morning of April third, 2015 by The Modesto Kid

Thanks Tommaso -- I updated the original post.

posted evening of April third, 2015 by The Modesto Kid


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