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Of all the distractions from writing, the most insistent one may be reading, which is also possibly the most useful.  After having spent some time now searching in vain for new greatness after the Under the Volcano revelation, I’ve decided to look up some of the Kerouac I haven’t read.  Fortunately, the library here doesn’t […]

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Having just read Lowry’s biography as well as his first wife’s memoir In the Volcano, it is difficult to escape the conclusion that the former ought to have been subtitled Portrait of the Artist as a Buffoon.  Lowry was without a doubt one of the silliest men ever to be turned loose on the world.  […]

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Possibly the most astonishing thing, for me anyway, about Malcolm Lowry’s Under the Volcano is that it has managed to fly under my radar for so long.  I’ve been obsessed with it this past week, and have been doing some research, and have found, among other things, that it is rated as the 11th best […]

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I’m currently engrossed in Malcolm Lowry’s Under the Volcano, one of those important books that I’ve somehow managed to miss up until now.  It is certainly a work of genius, and just as unmistakably the work of an alcoholic.  The Wikipedia entry for Lowry, pulling no punches, includes the following pithy sentence: “By the time […]

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